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Housing and property

Our property solicitors in Balham can provide tailored legal advice for the local market, whether you’re looking to buy, sell, remortgage, transfer title or change your type of ownership for the property. We have established relationships with local authorities and stakeholders, meaning we can progress matters efficiently and with minimal stress. Our specialist knowledge means your property matter is in the best hands.

Our conveyancing solicitors are holders of the Law Society’s conveyancing accreditation, which recognises quality standards for residential conveyancing practices. This accreditation not only provides a level of certainty for our clients in trusting us with their property purchase, sale or other conveyancing matter, but it serves as an affirmation and signal for stakeholders that we regularly work with such as regulators, lenders and insurers.

Contact QualitySolicitors A-Z Law for support with:

  • Boundary disputes
  • Buying at auction
  • Contract disputes
  • Conveyancing, including sale, purchase and remortgage
  • Disrepair claims
  • Emigration
  • Investment and buy-to-let
  • Landlord and tenant
  • Lease extensions
  • Leasehold
  • Neighbour disputes/ antisocial behaviour
  • Planning law
  • Possession and repossession proceedings
  • Property disputes
  • Rehousing and housing transfers
  • Tenancy Agreements and deposits
  • Transfer of title
  • Unlawful eviction

Whatever property matter you’re looking for support with, our team of property solicitors can help. We appreciate that your home or investment means much more than just bricks and mortar, which is why we promise a same-day response if you contact us before 3pm Monday to Friday.

For reliable advice from trusted property solicitors in Balham, contact our team today on 020 8355 0830.

Our property solicitors help owners, landlords and tenants resolve property disputes every day. QualitySolicitors A-Z Law’s dispute resolution solicitors focus on finding the most effective solution as quickly as possible to what can often be a stressful period. We offer a professional service centred on sensitivity and tact.

The range of property disputes we provide advice and practical support with is wide-ranging, including:

  • Boundary disputes
  • Deposit disputes
  • Disputes over property interests (Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996)
  • Disrepair claims
  • Land recovery from unlawful occupants
  • Landlord advice service
  • Lease surrender negotiations
  • Leasehold enfranchisement
  • Misrepresentation (Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008)
  • Mortgage disputes
  • Party Wall matters (Party Wall etc Act 1996)
  • Planning permission disputes
  • Relief from forfeiture
  • Rent recovery
  • Rent review advice
  • Service charge arrears recovery for leasehold properties
  • Tenancy evictions (including during or at the end of the fixed term tenancy under section 8 and section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 respectively)
  • Tenant advice service

Boundary lines can be a real source of contention between neighbours, particularly because there is limited information available over who owns or who is responsible for precise boundaries between properties in England and Wales. This can become a problem when other property owners encroach upon your land, or perhaps dispute your right to part of the land. As a landowner, it is important to know your property limits so that you know how to protect your land rights and how to approach the boundary dispute.

Our property solicitors are well versed in the complex area of land law and can help you find out your existing boundary line or apply for a determined boundary, find out which boundary features you or your neighbours are responsible for, and establish an agreement where there isn’t one or help interpret and rely on an existing boundary agreement.

We regularly support clients to overcome a range of boundary disputes, including issues over encroachment, which is where someone else tries to claim ownership over your land by possession and in turn extend their own property lines. Some typical examples of encroachment from neighbours include allowing water for a swimming pool to run off into your land, or erecting a structure that protrudes onto your property, such as a fence, a pathway or a planted garden or hedge.

The important point to remember when approaching a boundary dispute is that you don’t want to damage the relationship with your neighbour or create undue tension when you still want to live in your property and enjoy its use. Having a property lawyer can help keep things amicable, can help ensure you understand your rights, and can help you resolve the matter in the most strategic, timely and cost-effective way.

If you live in a semi-detached house or in terrace housing, you will share an adjoining wall with your neighbour. The wall that forms part of your property and your neighbour’s is known as a party wall – this wall can be part of the building, it can be a wall that is not part of your building, such as a garden wall or timber fence, or it can be a wall that is on one owner’s property but is being used to separate both of your properties.

When new structural work is proposed or is being built, an existing party wall needs maintenance, or some excavation work is needed around the base of the party wall, this can cause some tension between neighbours. There may be differing opinions on the work needed, the timing or the cost of the work, or who should be responsible for various works. Where work is carried out, this may cause other defects or damage in the property. If any work is needed, it is highly beneficial to have a written agreement to help avoid disputes or frivolous claims later on.

In England, the Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for how party wall disputes can be effectively resolved. Having the practical advice and guidance of a property solicitor will ensure you’re rights are protected under the relevant parts of the Act and will ensure the best outcome. We focus on finding amicable solutions wherever possible so that you can have a structurally sound building, continue to live peacefully in your property and so any tensions between neighbours are dissolved.

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