11:07 AM, 8th February 2022, About 4 months ago 7
We bought and renovated a little house many years ago that was on its knees. It is grade listed. Our plan was to eventually live in it but to have it as a holiday let for a number of years.
We have had an issue with our neighbours for some time. They have bullied everyone in the hamlet at some point and befriended us only to get us to sign for a piece of land by adverse possession, and at that time they were supposed to sign an easement for our sewage pipe that has been laid across their land with their permission.
For no reason at all, as soon as he got what he wanted, he refused to give us easement even though he had instructed the solicitors to do so (he just then refused to sign it).
He likes to control everything. He dug out from our borders so that his land is a lot lower meaning we needed a retaining wall to make it safe and insisted that he wanted to put a fence and steels up rather than let us do it. We paid for them.
My partner was afraid of upsetting him. We wanted to rent out our property, but couldn’t because it was unsafe.
He kept refusing to do it, and we lost over a year’s earnings. He then finally did build it cutting half of the back of our tree and taking land that had been part of the cottage (but may have been unregistered land) whilst we were in lockdown.
The problem is it was land that neither of us owned, but he also took some of our own land right across the back of our property, but apparently if it is a metre long we can’t do anything.
We plan to get a surveyor, but that could cause problems as then we would have a dispute on our hands and an unsellable property.
He has been screaming at my partner that he is going to cut off our sewage pipe, for no reason, we haven’t complained about anything at all because we want to now sell and get out of there (we now live in the property) but we can’t because of the lack of easement.
This is apparently how he operates, intimidating everyone, but we want to be cleverer than that and try and keep our cool. Our building is grade listed, and he has built an absolutely massive barn but is manufacturing in there when it is supposed to be a hay barn.
The building seems massive and probably way bigger than plans state, but how do we know and is there anything we can do about it?
All we are thinking of is leverage for him to give us easement, so we can move forward and move away!
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