Selling House With A Boundary Dispute

If you have an ongoing boundary dispute, you might find that it can be more difficult to attract an offer when trying to sell.

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Your top questions when selling a house with a boundary dispute

✅ What does it mean to have a boundary dispute at your house?

Boundaries for properties in England and Wales are not always clearly defined, but knowing the legal perimeters of the land on which your house was built is important for any disputes you might have with a neighbour over a fence, hedge, tree or wall, or work you’d like to do on the land. If this kind of fight is ongoing and unresolved, you have a boundary dispute.

✅ Am I legally allowed to sell my house if it has a boundary dispute?

Yes, a boundary dispute by itself should not prevent you legally from being able to look for buyers for your leasehold or freehold house. However, there are certain obstacles to selling that can be created as a result of a boundary dispute, and you might find that these either reduce which selling options are available or will otherwise complicate the process of finding a buyer.

✅ What problems can a boundary dispute cause with selling a home?

If there’s an ongoing boundary dispute at your property, some potential buyers might lose interest in making an offer on the home. They could be worried about purchasing a house and having to deal with the boundary fight as the next owner, and their concerns about the money, stress and time that they may involve could be enough to be a dealbreaker for them.

✅ Am I required to tell potential buyers about a boundary dispute at my house?

Yes, you are legally required to tell possible buyers about boundary disputes as part of your TA6 form, also known as a Property Information Form, where you’ll have to answer many questions about a wide range of issues at your property. A buyer could sue you if you fail to tell them about a boundary dispute and then they discover it once they own the home.

✅ Can boundary disputes be resolved before trying to sell a home?

You can try to resolve boundary disputes before attempting to seek a buyer for your leasehold or freehold home, and the best way to start is by approaching your neighbour informally and seeing if you can reach a resolution. If you are unable to reach an agreement but you want to resolve the fight before selling, you might have to consider pursuing legal action.

✅ How much will I pay in commission when selling my house with a boundary dispute?

Depending on the method that you use to find a buyer, you might not have to pay any fees. If you sell your property to a no-fee quick property buying company like LDN Properties, or you sell without getting any third party help, then you won’t pay any commission. But estate agents and auctioneers will charge you fees that will be deducted from the final sale proceeds.

✅ How quickly can I sell a property that has a boundary dispute?

If you choose to sell your house using an estate agent, an auctioneer or selling without any assistance then you can expect the process to take at least several months, and possibly longer. But if you contact LDN Properties or another quick home buying company, you should be able to complete the process of selling your house within a handful of weeks.

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