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Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Does this house on the corner contribute towards the upkeep of the private road?
Who owns the road, do you each own it jointly, the 8 houses please?
The house on the corner has never contributed to the upkeep of the lane as it has never had acces onto it. The previous owners did try to make an access but stopped when approached by one of the property owners in the private lane.
We do not know who owns the Lane as it is not registered with the land registry. Our deeds do give us the right of way to use the lane to ge to the public road subject to fair and proper payment of the expense or repair etc
Ok - someone must own it
You need to find out who owns it as they can stop the neighbour from making any access to it
How do we find out who does?
Otherwise sadly as neighbours there is nothing you can do
You do not own it
I would suggest contacting your original Solicitor that dealt with the purchase in the first instance to see if they know
They I presume would have done various searches etc
You can also contact the Council - they may have a register of any land charges
But only the owner sadly can take action
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Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
If they suceed in making this access how can we geth them to pay towards the lane upkeep?
Again sadly only the owner can
This would be a contract between the owner and them, not the other users
Who do you pay for the upkeep?
I would suggest contacting that person as they must know who owns it
After all someone must.
I am sorry if this is not necessarily the answer you want and certainly not the one I want to give you, but I have a duty to be honest
Can I clarify anything else for you?
We all meet up and agree together. We get quotes and discuss together what needs to be done.
Ok I see.
Sadly you need to find out who the owner is - go back to your old Solicitors or ask the Land Registry for a search.
Or contact the Council about land charges.
That should tell you who the owner is
Does that clarify for you?
The council has written to me and said that they do not hold records on road ownership and that their understanding of it is that a private road is one that is owned and maintained by the property owners for their use.
Yes but just see if they hold a land charge.
That is different
Does that help?
Thanks Alex. It seems we have a bit of work ahead of us.