Determine ownership with title deeds
For an official and accurate answer, dig out the title deeds for your house. A copy can be found amongst your paperwork received when buying your house, or if lost, ask the solicitor who did your conveyancing. If the information isn’t listed on the plans, you’ll need to check with the Land Registry.
When looking at the plans, ownership is indicated with a “T” which will mark one side of the boundary.
If you can see a “H” (which is actually two Ts joined together) the boundary is shared by both parties.
In this case, you have a party fence, so will have to speak with your neighbour about how you want to deal with maintenance. Perhaps you decide to take it in turns, or split the costs 50/50.
If you would prefer complete ownership, there is a process you can undertake to buy out your neighbour. Although you must go through a proper, legally recorded sale procedure to make this official.
Fencing from the experts
We hope this concludes your question about fencing responsibilities and helps prevent/resolve any disputes with your neighbour. If you’re still unsure on what to do, the Land Registry has lost of useful information on this topic. If no luck, your local council planning department should be your next source of help, and legal advice from solicitors if all else fails.
For any more advice on fencing, feel free to contact our expert team at Birkdale today, we’d love to help.