Buying & Selling your home

Buying & Selling Your Home


Buying & Selling Your Home :

Property Title Issues

There are many issues that can affect the title to a property, our specialists regularly advise on these issues.

One of the main issues we see is related to boundaries, these may be legal (with title deeds) or physical (a fence or wall). Our specialists will review relevant documentation to help you to identify unclear boundaries and if a dispute arises, we have highly experienced lawyers who will help you find solutions.

Some people benefit from easements and others do not. An easement is attached to a piece of land in order to protect it. It may relate to:

  • rights of way (which allows access across land by someone who does not own the land, either general public or a neighbour)
  • rights of light (which protects light received through windows in existing buildings)
  • rights to support or the protection or passage of water.

Our specialists will help you to establish whether an easement affects land that you own. Rights of light can be a particular problem on redevelopment and should be considered if planning an extension.

If you currently have rights over another property, you may decide to release them. Before doing so you should seek legal advice so that you fully understand the implications and what is in your best interests. At Hart Brown we are experienced in helping clients in releasing their rights.

A restrictive covenant restricts how land can be used. This may relate to causing nuisance to your neighbours, not using the property for business or a restriction on developing or alterations. If you are buying a property, our solicitors will help you to understand the effect of any restrictive covenant which may affect your decision to purchase a property. We also have a specialist property disputes team who can help you to resolve any dispute you have about restrictive covenants.

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Give it up! Give it up! Baby, Give it up!

No-one has a crystal ball that can definitively tell them what the future holds.  Every decision is a risk to a greater or lesser degree.  When signing…

Tamzin Mandelli, Associate, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Tamzin Mandelli

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When ‘Banter’ crosses over into abuse

“It’s just bants, mate! Just bants!” If you work in any kind of environment, from an office to a building site, you’ll be familiar with the term…

Jane Crosby, Partner, Dispute Resolution Solicitor Property Title Issues,

Jane Crosby

Give it up! Give it up! Baby, Give it up!

No-one has a crystal ball that can definitively tell them what the future holds.  Every decision is a risk to a greater or lesser degree.  When signing…

Tamzin Mandelli, Associate, Commercial Property Solicitor ,

Tamzin Mandelli

Has the demise of Legal Aid put justice out of reach for ordinary people?

Medical negligence (or clinical negligence as it’s known) can be utterly devastating, not just for the victim, but for the family too. At a time when you…

Mark Wisby, Associate, Clinical Negligence Solicitor Property Title Issues,

Mark Wisby

Soaring fees set deadline for executors and estate planning

Controversial court fees which have been branded a stealth tax on bereaved families are expected to prompt a surge in probate applications before the hike hits.  The…

Louise Harrhy, Partner, Head of Trusts & Estates Solicitor ,

Louise Harrhy

Is there such a thing as a ‘good divorce’?

Many Resolution[1] family lawyers think so and this week is Resolution’s annual awareness-raising week Minimising the impact of conflict on children: Conflict can have some…

Vanessa McMurtrie, Partner, Family Solicitor ,

Vanessa McMurtrie

Self-driving Vehicles – who is responsible if you have an accident?

Self-driving Vehicles – who is responsible if you have an accident? The age of ‘driverless’ cars is nearly upon us. Funnily enough, it’s internet giant Google that’s…

Mark Wisby, Associate, Clinical Negligence Solicitor Property Title Issues,

Mark Wisby

When ‘Banter’ crosses over into abuse

“It’s just bants, mate! Just bants!” If you work in any kind of environment, from an office to a building site, you’ll be familiar with the term…

Jane Crosby, Partner, Dispute Resolution Solicitor Property Title Issues,

Jane Crosby

"I would say a big thank you to David Knapp and his team as our instruction was of an urgent nature and their efforts ensured that the purchase of our property was completed well within our required timescale."

David Knapp. Partner and Head of Residential Property