Neighbour painting my driveway without permission?

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10:57 AM, 26th June 2017
About 3 years ago

Neighbour painting my driveway without permission?

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Neighbour painting my driveway without permission?

I have nasty neighbours who think they own the street and have been repeatedly accused of scamming/stealing from people – unfortunately my property and gardens adjoin theirs (in an L shape) so there is no escape.

I have just come home from a day out and they have painted their tarmacked driveway with driveway paint but they have also painting my land in an attempt to make their driveway look bigger and claim our land.

There will be repercussions if they are challenged so I’m cautious – is there any easy way to remove the paint or is this claim attempt something that I am worrying about unnecessarily?




Neil Patterson

10:59 AM, 26th June 2017
About 3 years ago

Hi Danny,

Easy answer paint a line down the middle like a parking space?

ian sss

10:17 AM, 28th June 2017
About 3 years ago

Start with your local community mediation service - the council or local library will put you in touch. Beware thinking you know for sure just where your boundary is - if mediation doesn't work, you may end up with a specialist Land Surveyor who will explain about the +/-1m tolerance on boundary plans drawn up pre-digital. I don't suppose the tolerance in marking boundaries on the ground is much less on newer plans just because they're now plotted using the latest software. Custom and precedent are at least as important as plans, so photos and testimony from previous owners all help. Tackle the issues step by step with patience. It's usually most effective to persistently treat neighbours as well-meaning but misinformed/mistaken (whatever their motives may really be), if only because disinterested authorities won't want to get involved in apparently personal animosities. Good luck!

Romain Garcin

11:09 AM, 28th June 2017
About 3 years ago

My understanding is that painting graffitis on someone else's wall is criminal damage.

So if they knowingly painted your driveway you could argue the same.

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