Boundaries can often be contentious and more difficult to determine than they appear on first sight. There are a number of urban myths associated with boundaries that homeowners assume to be correct which can be misleading when attempting to accurately determine a boundary position.
Where a dispute arises between two neighbours in relation to the boundary a chartered surveyor is best positioned to advise on the correct boundary position. This could be as a joint expert determining the boundary impartially between the neighbours or an independent expert acting for one neighbour. Where an agreement is reached between the parties an application to Land Registry is processed to determine the legal boundary. If the parties cannot agree, the boundary can be determined through the courts. MSA are experienced in resolving boundary disputes in both these circumstances.
Determining a boundary requires experience and knowledge to identify important clues on the ground and desk top studies that can indicate historic boundary features and changes over time.
MSA can carry out detailed site surveys of the subject boundaries using specialist surveying tools to plot boundaries accurately, obtain and review important documents such as title deeds, title plans, historical photographs and maps, obtain further information. An important skill in boundary disputes is spending time with the owners to understand the background to the dispute and obtain vital clues.
Once all information has been collated and reviewed MSA can prepare a Land Registry compliant drawing identifying the boundary for determination.