Boundary wall and fence disputes
Usually, you are responsible for the wall or the fence on the right-hand side of your property, and your property title deeds will clearly show this. However, sometimes boundary ownership is not clear.
A wall is generally viewed as a more definite boundary marker than a fence, as fences rot and are replaced more frequently over time.
Sometimes a dispute can arise between neighbours about maintaining a boundary wall or fence. It can be expensive to maintain walls and replace fences, so it is vital that ownership is clearly established. Disputes need to be resolved quickly, particularly if there is an unsafe wall.
The Party Wall Act 1996 regulates alterations to walls and fences outdoors and changes to shared walls and ceilings inside properties. This Act mainly covers large structural changes which could damage an adjoining property. If you or your neighbour are planning to carry out renovations or your neighbour is carrying out works that impact the adjoining wall, it is essential to speak to a solicitor to ensure compliance with the Act and protect your interests.