Category Archives: Boundary Dispute

Boundary Disputes & Legal Services

Our Boundary dispute service differs from many other boundary dispute companies because it is based on accurate and robust survey techniques. In most instances we undertake an accurate measured topographic survey, sometimes in full 3D (laser scan), to help us resolve disputes. We combine the latest hardware and software with trained and experienced staff to provide you with a fast, efficient and most importantly a reliable boundary dispute service.

Roods & Perches!

Dealing with boundary disputes involves reading legal documents, many of which date back to long before the introduction of decimal units. As such, if a reference is made to the length of a boundary, it is more often than not, specified in terms of feet and yards. This is straight forward as most people know what an inch is, and many will know that there are 25.4mm to the inch.  Most people will also know that there are 12 inches to a 1 foot and 3 feet to a yard etc. It is not a difficult task to convert these imperial dimensions into the metric units.

However, what about units of area? It is not uncommon to hear people refer to land area in terms of Acres. But have you heard of  a Rood? or a Perch? On several occasions now I have been reading a conveyance and come across these terms. But what are they?

I had to use that wonderful resource ‘Google’ to find some answers. On a website I found some useful answers …… and some information that made things more confusing.

The Rood

Generally the Rood was considered to be an area of 1210 square yards. Which is equivalent to a quarter of an Acre.

The Perch

This is a confusing measurement. On the website mentioned above, the Perch is a unit of length, whereas the in the conveyance I was reading it is a unit of area. It is sometimes referred to as a ‘Rod’ or ‘Pole’.  It is commonly considered to be 5 1/2 yards long or 16 1/2 feet and used mainly in relation to land. In some instances the ‘Square Perch’ was referred to a Perch.

This is one of the reasons I enjoy working with boundaries. They are endlessly fascinating and not ‘run-of-the-mill’ surveying.

Have you any questions that you’d like us to investigate in relation to a boundary problem? Contact us and send your question. 



Boundary Misconception

‘I own my left boundary!’

‘My boundary is the boundary to the left of my property’

This is a commonly held misconception. which I have heard on many occasions. It is not clear where this theory comes from, but it is a false assumption. Neither is it correct to say ‘I own the boundary to the right of my property’

If you stop and think about it, this theory does not make sense. For example it doesn’t consider front or rear boundaries and it doesn’t allow for those properties at the end of a row of similar houses that are responsible for two boundaries. In the example above, (click on the plan to see it better) it is clear that there are a number of properties that cannot conform to the convention, whether it be for the left or right side of the property.

The only way to ascertain ownership of the boundary, is to look at the title deeds. It is hoped that these documents will provide an answer to the boundary ownership question. Either in the register (the written bit), where the boundaries may be described or, on the plan, where there you may see a ‘T’ mark. If you see the ‘T’ on your side of the boundary line then you are responsible for that boundary feature. Most of the time there is no useful information. We must therefore assume that the boundary is shared.