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mutual driveway probs
May 10th, 2007 at 1:43am
Can anyone help me. 
I bought a new build house last year. This house shares a mutual driveway with another house next door(as detailed on the title deeds). Today the owners of the house next door made alterations to the mutual driveway by removing original monoblock bricks and extending it into their property without asking me. Can they do this without my consent and is this legal. 
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Re: mutual driveway probs
Reply #1 - May 14th, 2007 at 10:30am
probably not. depends on the titles but it is likely they will state that the drive is common property or at least up to the mid line. Ask your lawyer to check. However, you are in danger of getting involved in a neighbour dispute that will become a living hell if you get lawyers involved or handle it wrongly. talk to the neighbour and see if you can sort it out amicably. If not one of you will end up moving or in jail if things get out of hand. I am not being alarmist but believe me when i say that this is a recipe for a life of hell and this is the time to stop that happening. It is easy to get on your moral high horse (given that the neighbour is probably wrong) but that leads to trouble as you will tend to pontificate and he will tend to get angry as he won't readily admit the problem. Sometimes, paying for a few monoblocks and forgetting all about it is the best course in the long run. I know that may stick in your throat but the potential alternative is not worth it.
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