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Land and property dispute solicitors
Stirling Ackroyd Legal is a leading London law firm, offering a wide range of legal services and based just on the fringe of the city of London. Our team of specialist property law solicitors have many years’ combined experience in commercial and residential property law and are adept at dealing with all kinds of property disputes.
Becoming involved with a boundary dispute can be extremely stressful. Resolving the majority of these cases usually involves a boundary dispute solicitor investigating the history of the properties.
A boundary dispute can arise when one neighbour has advanced onto another party’s property, this could be deliberately or without knowing. The cause of this could be anything from residential extension to trees hedges, plants or even plant tubs.
Boundary disputes can escalate extremely quickly so it is advised that you seek legal advice from an expert property solicitor to minimis costs as soon as possible.
Party Wall Disputes
A party wall is a structure that is situated on the boundary between two properties and is serving both premises. Party wall disputes can arise in relation to both residential and commercial properties and often relate to building development and improvements, usually when work needs to be carried out around the party wall. This means that party wall disputes are becoming more common in London and other major cities, due to the level of construction in urban areas.
When to instruct a surveyor
When it comes to party walls, the relevant legislation is the Party Wall Etc. Act 1996. If work needs to be carried out close to a party wall, it will usually be necessary to instruct a party wall surveyor, and a party wall notice will need to be served on the owner of the other property. Most issues can be resolved through communication, however major disputes can arise and are often linked to rules and procedures not being properly observed.
Call us should you need a surveyor
Stirling Ackroyd Legal operate a network of independent party wall specialist surveyors that can help
The Right of Light
A property may have a right of light, often simply via the windows. If a new development threatens to block out the light to another property, this could amount to a breach of this right. The right of light is usually established by prescription when it is shown that the light has already been enjoyed for a period of at least 20 years.
Stirling Ackroyd Legal is a leading London Law firm, offering a wide range of legal services. Our specialist property law solicitors can provide sound advice on all aspects of the right of light. Whether you are concerned about facing a possible action for breaching the right of light of a neighbour, or if the right of light to your own home has been infringed, we can help you.
What happens if you are in breach?
If the right of light is established and a breach is found to have occurred, it may be possible for the claimant to apply for an injunction, and financial compensation, known as damages, may also be awarded.
Development in London is continuous, and as such, developers sometimes approach the owners of neighbouring properties when an infringement is foreseeable, in order to offer them a settlement in advance of any future claims, usually involving financial compensation for the infringement as well as all related costs.
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If you have been approached by a developer about releasing the right of light, or if you need advice on any aspect of the establishment, infringement or defence of the right of light relating to any property, please contact us. A member of our specialist property team will be very happy to help you.
Stirling Acroyd Legal Has The Skills And Expertise That Gets Results
Whatever the situation, we have the skills and expertise to advise and support clients towards reaching a resolution, and to provide unwavering representation when it does become necessary to bring the matter before the court. Whatever the situation or the nature of the property dispute, we can help you.
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