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Boundaries

The Land Registry do not hold specific documents that describe property boundaries, and so all the documents that refer to boundaries need to be looked at. The Title Plan is based on the OSNI (Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland) map and is drawn to a scale of 1/1250 in urban areas and 1/2500 in rural areas. The Title Plans are sufficiently detailed to show an outline of the property and adjoining properties. Ownership of the land is illustrated by the marking of a red line within the black outline of the property shown on the OSNI map.

The Land Registry also keep a register of overriding interests (property interests that are not registered, but will nevertheless bind a purchaser), known as the Statutory Charges Register.  Statutory Charges may sometimes prove useful in deciding boundary positions, and so we include them with our boundary searches.

By a careful examination of all of the documents held by the Land Registry for a particular property and that adjoining it, the boundary positions can be gleaned with a reasonable degree of accuracy and obviate the need for litigation to resolve boundary disagreements and disputes.

There are 2 ways to describe property boundaries; there is a legal boundary and a physical boundary. The legal boundary consists of an invisible line which divides the two properties. The physical boundary comprises features on the ground such as a hedge or wall. The physical boundary may run on either side of, or through the centre line of a physical feature, and consequently this may give rise to difficulties in deducing the precise line of a boundary.  it is for this reason that greater reliance must usually be given to the physical description of the property as contained in the Title Registers, Prior Title Registers and old Deeds, all of which are included in our Boundary Search.

Whatever method is used to resolve a boundary dispute, the first step must be the examination of the documents held by the Land Registry for the properties in question. Most of the time the information provided is sufficient to resolve the dispute, particularly when one knows what to look for.  Our detailed Boundary Guide will assist you in knowing what to look for and where, and what to do if the documents do not help you.

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Boundary Search - 2 adjoining properties

This search is the recommended search for anyone requiring information as to their property boundaries, including the boundaries of the house, garden or other land and responsibility for maintenance of fences and garden walls. In any matter involving a boundary dispute, whatever method is used to resolve it, obtaining this search is always the first step, as in most cases the information provided is all that is needed to avoid expensive litigation and surveys.

Documents Provided
  • Title Registers for both properties
  • Title Plans for both properties
  • Main Deed Memorial for both properties (if available)
  • Prior Title Register for both properties
  • Statutory Charges Register and Plan
  • Details of Legal Presumptions
  • Boundary Information Guide
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Boundary Search - 3 adjoining properties

This search is the recommended search for anyone requiring information as to their property boundaries, including the boundaries of the house, garden or other land and responsibility for maintenance of fences and garden walls. In any matter involving a boundary dispute, whatever method is used to resolve it, obtaining this search is always the first step, as in most cases the information provided is all that is needed to avoid expensive litigation and surveys.

Documents Provided
  • Title Registers for all 3 properties
  • Title Plans for all 3 properties
  • Main Deed Memorial for all 3 properties (if available)
  • Prior Title Register for all 3 properties
  • Statutory Charges Register and Plan
  • Details of Legal Presumptions
  • Boundary Information Guide
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Private Rights of Way Search

This search is the recommended search for anyone requiring information relating to rights of way affecting their property or adjoining property. Public rights of way are virtually non-existent in Northern Ireland. Private rights of way (easements) are detailed in the Land Registry documents affecting the properties concerned.

Documents Provided
  • Title Registers for the adjoining properties
  • Title Plans for the adjoining properties
  • Statutory Charges Register and Plan for the adjoining properties
  • Main Deed Memorial for the adjoining properties (if available)
  • Prior Title Registers for the adjoining properties
  • Rights of Way Information Guide
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Guidelines for documents included with our Boundary Search

1 Title Register (for each property)
This will provide a physical description of the property address. It may be no more than an address, but where the property includes land it may also describe detail of where the land is situated, e.g. land lying to the south of Berwick Road and to the east of Village Road and consisting of 5 acres. The Title Register will also make reference to Deeds and Documents (Instruments) and identify them with a document number and likewise with any prior Titles. Rights of Way and Covenants may also provide clues as to a boundary position.

2 Title Plan (for each property)
This comprises an outline of the property curtilage, shown by red edging. It is scaled to 1/1250 in urban areas and 1/2500 in rural areas. Property boundaries are general boundaries only, i.e. not precisely defined.

3 Main Deed Memorial (for each property)
It is the Memorial for the Instruments that will contain the most information relating to property boundaries. They need to be examined very carefully as they seldom refer directly to the boundaries and it is often necessary to look for hints and clues in the wording of covenants, easements and declarations. Please see our step by step guide for more information.

4 Prior Titles
Prior Titles are former Titles under which the property was once held and may refer to previous ownerships or to a time when the property was part of a larger property.  These are particularly important to look at as they are more likely to contain detailed descriptions of the boundaries as would be necessary when dividing separate parcels of land.

5 Statutory Charges Register (for each property, if available; if not, the nearest in the vicinity)
The Statutory Charges Register is a register of overriding interests that do not show on the Title Register but which nevertheless are binding on the owner of the property. They include such interests as improvement grants, planning restrictions, water & sewerage notices, ancient monument orders, home improvement conditions, etc. One of more of these may further indicate boundary positions.

6 An eight page detailed Summary of Legal Presumptions
Legal presumptions are those presumptions made by the general law and will apply where there is no indication to the contrary. Such an indication would be provided in the documents referred to above, which is one of the reasons it is so important to obtain and study them. A legal presumption is easily rebutted if a document shows a contrary intention.

7 A seven page Step by step Boundary Guide
This guide will help you in knowing what to look for, where to look for it and what steps to take next.

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Samples

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