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What do you need to know about access rights to your property?

Navigating access rights to your property can be complex.

We can help you understand what rights you have and with our guidance you’ll be able to stop worrying and take a proactive approach to your property.

Access rights explained

Access rights, or rights of way, are legal rights permitting passage over or through another’s land.

They can be public or private and are created through express grant or reservation, implication, or prescription.

Types of access rights

  • Public Rights of Way: Allow the public to travel over private land along specific routes, such as footpaths and bridleways.
  • Private Rights of Way: Grant specific individuals or groups access to their property via another’s land.
  • Easements: Legal rights benefiting one property, exercised over another, covering access rights like light, drainage, or support.

Resolving disputes

Disputes may arise from blocked access routes, unclear boundaries, or unauthorised land use.

In order to resolve a dispute, you’ll need to seek professional legal advice and consider mediation, negotiation, or alternative dispute resolution methods.

Protecting your access rights

Ensuring your rights are documented in property title deeds or registered with the Land Registry is important in keeping record of any issues.

If you own a property, it is important to understand your rights and protect your interests.

If you need advice on access rights for your property, contact us today.

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