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.