Question: I want to buy my neighbour’s garage that backs on to my garden. I am going to make her an offer, which I expect she will accept as she doesn’t use it. But, once she has said yes, what do I do next?
Answer: Instruct a solicitor to undertake the conveyancing work for you, and your neighbour should do the same thing. A Land Registry compliant plan showing the garage will be necessary, and your neighbour’s solicitor should provide a draft contract, transfer and title documents, which your solicitor will check.
Your solicitor should also ensure that there are no restrictive covenants affecting your neighbour’s property, which preclude the garage being sold separately, and if your neighbour has a mortgage that her lender is prepared to release its charge over the garage.
Make sure you are granted any necessary access rights to enable you to enter your neighbour’s property so you can repair or maintain the garage, and also consider boundaries and their ownership.
Think about how you will gain access from your property to the garage and, indeed, from the public highway to the garage.
If you intend to drop the kerb on the public highway/pavement for easier access, you will need permission from your local authority to do so.
Your solicitor will register your title to the garage at the Land Registry after you complete the purchase.
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