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About 2 days ago 92
I own an end terrace in a row of 5. My terrace has a triangular piece of land at the side which has been used as my garden for the last 13 1/2 years. Prior to this it was still part of my house from 1983. No fence around it and just over grown grass. Or it was when I bought it in early 2000’s.
On this land was a toilet block which was knocked down in 1983 with the signed consent of all the houses in the block. Everyone signed a piece of paper to say they wanted the block taking down, but no mention of signing away the rights to the land.
This land is subject in my title deeds to user rights and access rights for the other houses in the block. It doesn’t mention any thing else about these rights.
There has never been any issue from the neighbours about this land, but I would like to know could I get their rights removed from the deeds ? I think they would like to keep their rights of access round the back in case they wanted to move something large to the rear of their houses, but that has never arisen as well.
So really I am just concerned about the overall rights to the use of the land. I think it was just to do with the toilets, but now they are gone no one has ever seen the need to use this land for anything else.
The land is not that large, but I suppose you could build a small house on it, but then I would loose the garden and just have a front concrete yard. A better use for the land would be a garage or shed and off street parking. This is really why I am asking the question. I would like to build a garage for myself and provide a drive.
So does anyone know what may happen here ?
Can I claim the land for myself somehow due to time issues ?
Would I need to pay the other 4 houses a sum to loose their rights over the land ? Seems complicated and open to abuse by a potential neighbour.
Someone mentioned you can take out indemnity insurance to insure yourself against a potential claim.
I know I need to get legal advise, so please do not mention this in any reply. I am posting this question on the forum to get a better idea of what I need to do before I decide to go the legal route.
The value of my small terrace is £55k. The land value for the garden maybe £5-10k. I am not sure. With planning it maybe worth £50. Still not sure on that one.
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