Can I buy my neighbour's half of our shared driveway?

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  1. Dave.F

    Dave.F UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Hi,

    My neighbour's house has just come up for sale and we share a driveway which I use a lot.

    Can I buy the house, have the Deed's legally changed so I own the full driveway, then sell the house obviously losing a bit of money?

    Any ideal how much it would cost to change the deeds?
     
    Posted: Oct 2, 2014 By: Dave.F Member since: Nov 22, 2007
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  2. toddmeister

    toddmeister UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    How would you resell the house, who would want to own a house with a driveway they can't park on?


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    Posted: Oct 2, 2014 By: toddmeister Member since: Jan 11, 2014
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  3. Dave.F

    Dave.F UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    The house has a front drive for off street parking.

    That's the point, I don't want the new owners parking on the shared drive.
     
    Posted: Oct 3, 2014 By: Dave.F Member since: Nov 22, 2007
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  4. UKSBD

    UKSBD Not a real duck Staff Member

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    Why not just buy the drive off the neighbour rather than the whole house?
     
    Posted: Oct 3, 2014 By: UKSBD Member since: Dec 30, 2005
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  5. Dave.F

    Dave.F UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    The current owners won't split the drive and house, so I need to buy the lot and split it then resell the house.....

    Can anyone advise how to legally do this?
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: Dave.F Member since: Nov 22, 2007
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  6. Scalloway

    Scalloway UKBF Legend Free Member

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    You would need to get a solicitor to prepare a new title for the house and add the driveway to your title.
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: Scalloway Member since: Jun 6, 2010
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  7. Newchodge

    Newchodge UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Does the shared driveway lead to separate areas or garages? If so the new owners would need the right of access.
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: Newchodge Member since: Nov 8, 2012
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  8. Dave.F

    Dave.F UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Yes they currently have a garage next to mine in the rear garden......my plan is to knock down both garages and build a new garage inline with the shared driveway...

    They would then only have access to their rear garden through the house.
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: Dave.F Member since: Nov 22, 2007
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  9. roydmoorian

    roydmoorian UKBF Ace Full Member - Verified Business

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    Certainly this can be done but is it really worth the cost. There will undoubtedly be a reduction in value of the next door property when you come to re-sell it without a garage.

    Will you increase your own property value by at least that amount and the cost of demolishing and rebuilding the garage ?

    Have you thought about moving ?
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: roydmoorian Member since: Nov 6, 2009
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  10. Dave.F

    Dave.F UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I understand and agree with you about the costs but the whole point of this is that I do not want to move.

    I am not worried if it adds value to my property as I never plan to move!
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: Dave.F Member since: Nov 22, 2007
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  11. roydmoorian

    roydmoorian UKBF Ace Full Member - Verified Business

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    Well if cost is not a problem go ahead and offer the asking price before someone else does. You may consider doing this through an intermediary so as to not let you neighbour know who the prospective purchaser is.
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: roydmoorian Member since: Nov 6, 2009
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  12. Dave.F

    Dave.F UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Thanks that is a very good idea :)
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: Dave.F Member since: Nov 22, 2007
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  13. Chris Ashdown

    Chris Ashdown UKBF Legend Free Member

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    There maybe covenants on the property that stops you taking overboth drives from the past by a builder or past land owner

    Planning department may object

    May be very hard to sell
    Could you not extend your garage lengthwise into a two car garage or knock it down and rebuild as a bigger one further into your garden
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: Chris Ashdown Member since: Dec 7, 2003
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  14. Philip Hoyle

    Philip Hoyle UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Have you taken advice as to how much money you will lose due to the loss in value of the house without a drive nor access to their rear garden? Not only will it reduce the value, there'll be fewer people attracted to it, so it'll take longer to sell. However you change the deeds, the new owners will still have rights over your drive to maintain/repair their property if the new boundary becomes their house walls. But, if you've taken all that into consideration, yes, it's fairly easily done by your solicitor - you'd be best asking them for advice and a quote.
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: Philip Hoyle Member since: Apr 3, 2007
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  15. Dave.F

    Dave.F UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I don't think there are any covenants as it is a basic 1930's semi

    It is all about the access via the shared driveway the size / shape of the garage is not the problem.
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: Dave.F Member since: Nov 22, 2007
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  16. Dave.F

    Dave.F UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    No I am not worried about the costs within reason.

    But the new owners having rights to maintain their property is something I had not thought of!
     
    Posted: Oct 4, 2014 By: Dave.F Member since: Nov 22, 2007
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  17. Vectis

    Vectis UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Blimey, you must have money to spare if you can consider buying your neighbour's house just to get control of the shared drive!

    It's obviously possible if you own both houses, but I'd have to ask if it's rational.
     
    Posted: Oct 5, 2014 By: Vectis Member since: Jun 10, 2012
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  18. sirearl

    sirearl UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Is it not possible to make them an offer they can't refuse for the driveway before they sell the house.
     
    Posted: Oct 5, 2014 By: sirearl Member since: Apr 23, 2007
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  19. MASSEY

    MASSEY UKBF Legend Full Member

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    I would be worried about buying a house with no use of the driveway for a car. Plus he might buy the drive and then new owner of the house, if it manages to sell with no drive access, might just use the drive anyway and tell him to **** off, meaning he could end up with a nightmare neighbour :D
     
    Posted: Oct 5, 2014 By: MASSEY Member since: Nov 29, 2009
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  20. roydmoorian

    roydmoorian UKBF Ace Full Member - Verified Business

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    Could possibly end up in the situation where the new owner of next door house would decide to convert into multiple dwellings (flats) and have 4 or 5 cars parking on the street (sometimes across your access) :(:eek::oops: Nightmare situation then only resolvable by relocation.

    How would holding on the the neighbouring house and letting it out with yourself as landlord appeal to you?
     
    Posted: Oct 5, 2014 By: roydmoorian Member since: Nov 6, 2009
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