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Right Of Way Over My Land Changed Without My Knowledge.

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Jaynie | 14:31 Thu 07th Feb 2013 | Property
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I've not long bought an end terrace home, that had a right of way going the length of the garden for the house that is at right angles to mine, to reach their garden which is at the end of mine.

The owner of the right angled property has sold the garden at the end to his neighbour (so no longer needs access across my land to reach his garden) and has split the right of way between himself and the new owner without my knowledge.
My plans still show the full length to access the gate at the end which has now been bricked up

He is adamant that he still has a right of way across my property to repair his rear wall (there's no access to the rear of his property)and apparently the new owner of the garden also has a right of way to trim his trees.

Is this right?

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Put up a wall around your property. Then no one would be able to use your property.
Following the advice of those without a clue is probably the best way to find a solicitor's letter dropping onto your doormat.

Rights of way (easements) come associated with a parcel of land - not with any house that might be located on the land, nor aligned to one particular owner of the land (easements are often written as a right to 'successors in title'). The current owner of the parcel of land at the end of your garden that has the benefit of the easement over your land can therefore very likely sell part of that land and provide the benefit of the easement with that land transfer - whilst still retaining the easement through his ownership of part of the original parcel of land (on which the house sits).

So, whilst one cannot be sure (because it depends how the wording of the easement was written into your and his land title register), there is every possibility that what he has done is legally possible and there is no requirement for you to be consulted. It doesn't matter if he can no longer use the original access to get to his garden - he still has the right to walk up there.

HOWEVER, you raise a tantalising issue: an easement is normally written to show a described route on the title deed plan to get from one side of your land to the other - not wander around aimlessly inside your confines of your whole plot. So if you are saying that he thinks he has the right to wander off the route all the way along the far boundary that adjoins the side of his house, he is very likely to be wrong. Ditto the new owner who thinks he can wander along the other side of the far to cut his hedge. Normal neighbourly courtsey often means that such access is agreed once a year for this to be done, but as a legal right, that sounds a bit far-fetched.
That was said tongue in cheek BMate. Don't believe Jayne would take me serious.

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