Property changes and neighbour consultation

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Homeowners are badly confused about how and when to consult with neighbours over proposed property changes.

Our own research found four out of five of us would not know how to object to an unwanted development of a neighbours’ property.

It also found one in three Brits had bickered with their neighbour after they made changes to their property without talking to them.

Getting along with the neighbours can be key to a good quality of life and may even pave the way for a smoother route to completing an extension or change to your property.

But if you have concerns about a change your neighbour is planning or has underway it can be stressful.

The good news is it may be as simple as lodging your opposition and outlining the reasons for this.

It won’t always stop the change, but you can take the opportunity to ask your local authority for further information about what is planned, timescales and whether the change will be discussed at an upcoming council meeting.

In some cases it could also be advisable to liaise with a lawyer who should be able to do some research and look at the title to the neighbouring property and see if there is anything in those title documents that means the proposed alteration needed consent from anyone before it took place.

Samantha Blackburn

Slater and Gordon, Head of Residential Property Law