How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask LondonlawyerJ Your Own Question
LondonlawyerJ
LondonlawyerJ, Solicitor
Category: Property Law
Satisfied Customers: 814
Experience:  Experienced solicitor
76316425
Type Your Property Law Question Here...
LondonlawyerJ is online now

Our house has only one exit and entrance via a series of 14

Resolved Question:

Our house has only one exit and entrance via a series of 14 paved steps which are accessed downward from the highway. The steps and a set of safety-railings also serve our neighbours house. We understand that as our neighbours house is first to be accessed this makes our neighbours property a "servient" property i.e. they must give us free and unhindered access to and from our property.
However although we are dependent on the safety-rails in negotiating these steps our neighbour proposes removing at least a section of this set of safety rails or ballustrades.
Is this legal in England? In brief, do outdoor entrance and exit steps require a safety-rail or ballustrade?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  LondonlawyerJ replied 3 years ago.
LondonlawyerJ :

Hello I am a solicitor with over 15 years experience. I will try to help you with this.

LondonlawyerJ :

There is no legal requirement for a safety rail or balustrade. The steps must be safe however. Is there a dangerous drop from the side of the steps? However, in the absence of any extra rights your neighbour cannot alter jointly owned property without your permission.

LondonlawyerJ and 2 other Property Law Specialists are ready to help you