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Garage at the end of the garden

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  • Garage at the end of the garden

    Hello there,

    My partner and I are just looking into buying a house. We have just had the land registry map back and the line they have drawn around the property does not include the garage at the back of the property. The garage it actually attached to the back garden i.e. the back garden wall is the side of the garage.
    Obviously we are a little worried as the current owner doesn’t know why it’s not on the land registry. When he checked is original map from when he bought the place it was the same as ours (garage not marked)

    Is this going to be a big deal? Does the land become ours after a certain time? Has anyone had this before?

    Our solicitor is looking into it at the moment but for peace of mind I thought I would ask peoples opinions


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    Re: Garage at the end of the garden

    There are two possibilities here:

    1. The plan shows the right length of garden (including the area taken up by the garage) but the plan doesn't show the garage. Land Registry plans aren't necessarily up to date as far as physical features are concerned - they are only bothered about the boundaries - not what is built on the land - it is very common for the Land Registry plan for a new build simply to show an oblong area of land with nothing on it!

    2. The plan actually shows the garage, but outside the area edged red on the LR plan. This could mean:
    a) the seller doesn't own it; or
    b) it is owned under a separate title and the solicitors have been told this/obtained copies of it form the LR.
    RICHARD WEBSTERwww.rwco.co.uk
    As a conveyancing solicitor I want to be helpful (England/Wales only) but can't accept liability for this.