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Can I claim right to cross a neighbours boundary line to reach

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Can I claim right to cross a neighbour's boundary line to reach a piece of land, as have been doing for 30 years?



Thanks for your question.


In order to claim an express right of way over the land you must have been using the land and right of way continuously for 20 years: Prescription Act 1832. If you have then you can claim a legal easement over your neighbour's land (ie. a right of way).


You may seek to have this noted on your registered legal title at the Land Registry and I would speak to a local solicitor about making an application to the LR in this regards. It will make the property a little more marketable and avoid an awkward pre-contract enquiry by any buyer you would choose to sell to in the future.


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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I am very satisfied with my answer but want to take advantage of your offer to enlarge on the answer: will my right of access be negated if the neighbour bars my access before I have my official or verbal claim in? Julie

You already have the right if you have used it for the requisite period of time. If he bars access you can just seek to enforce it by a solicitor in an application to the land registry.


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