The Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on 13th July 2017 following an earlier attempt to introduce legislation in 2012. This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords. The Bill will receive a second reading (the general debate on all aspects of the Bill ) at a later unspecified date.
This Bill is to make provision for the resolution of disputes concerning the location or placement of boundaries and private rights of way relating to the title of an estate in land; and for connected purposes.
This Bill includes:
This Bill’s procedure, whilst in theory could be quicker and cheaper than the current route to boundary dispute resolution, will rely on the expertise of surveyors and their ability to comprehend fully the legal implications of the historic conveyances and property documents. Often these documents have a significant bearing in establishing the line of the boundary and title to land.
The Bill has not yet passed through the Lords (which will need to be followed by approval in the Commons) and therefore has a long way to go before becoming law.
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