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Pretty much, and I suppose just to get an idea of what rights I would have to go about correcting it. Unfortunately I am not sure how long the garage has been in place as I have only owned the property since last August. However, it is visible on Google maps street view (image dated October 2008) which is when my extension and walls would appear to have been built, but the garage itself appears older. A neighbour whose garden backs onto mine (who pointed the issue out to me whilst discussing our boundary fence) mentioned that the person who built the garage was allegedly a 'cowboy builder' who just chucked them up one day with a blatant disregard for any encroachment caused, or a deliberate intention to encroach and take advantage of the fact the previous owner of my house was disabled and unlikely to notice/stand against him. It was unclear from our conversation whether he was saying that this person was a previous owner or the existing owner though.
If this was the case, it would seem likely that a Party Wall Notice would not have been served, so would this make the building illegal? Or would that depend on how long it has been erected for? It would be a shame if we would no longer be entitled to claim ownership of some of our land due to such underhand tactics - especially considering the neighbours garden is much bigger than mine to start off with - so I would like to hold on to and re-claim to every little bit I have paid for!
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