Unfortunately, disputes over who owns what land are common. They can cause arguments, awkwardness and bad blood between neighbours, which can escalate badly. We’ve all seen those programmes.
Often these disputes come down to walls, fences and hedges, with a common confusion being over who is responsible for maintenance. When a fence is blown down in a storm, for example, it helps to know who is responsible for fixing it.
If you believe that there is a misunderstanding with your neighbour, then checking the Title Plan can nip any problems in the bud. After all, ‘love thy neighbour’ is preferable to ‘sue my neighbour’, right?
An article in The Guardian a few years back detailed some peculiar cases where, upon trying to sell their property, homeowners found that half their master bedroom was marked as belonging to their next door neighbour! Funnily enough, this kind of error is far from rare, particularly in new-build developments, where proper attention isn’t always paid by the developer when marking up ownership boundaries. In the cases reported in The Guardian, the sales process was severely scuppered when new boundaries needed to be drawn up by solicitors, with costly results for all parties.
As such, before you even think about putting your property on the market, it is essential to check your Title Plan, which has details of boundaries throughout the property and its land. It can come as a nasty shock if something you had no idea about is found further down the line which causes the buyer to pull out, or which delays the process and holds up a chain.
If you’re on the other side, however, and interested in buying a property, you will not have access to the Title Plans; certainly not before the purchase process is well underway (and even then, it’ll be your solicitor who will see it first). So, how can you be sure that the boundaries of your new home are all they're cracked up to be?
The opportunity to find out everything you need to know about the boundaries on your property quickly is invaluable. And beyond boundaries, checking the Title Deeds for things like positive covenants, which may mean neighbours have rights to use your land in some way, or require you to make regular payments to maintenance of shared areas, is highly recommended.
That’s where PropScore comes in. Anybody can purchase a check of the Title Deeds and Plan of any property, whether they own it or not, and receive the relevant rundown in less than a minute. This is hugely useful when it comes to finding out all you need to know before you go ahead and put in an offer, put your home on the market or start an argument with a neighbour.
Knowledge is power, as they say, and when it comes to knowing your property’s boundaries, PropScore is here to empower you to make the right decision.