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How difficult if at all possible to remove a right of access

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How difficult if at all possible to remove a right of access across a driveway
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  F E Smith replied 1 year ago.

If this is a documented right-of-way in the deeds, either created by deed or acquired through prescription/longer use, then it is virtually impossible to get it removed unless the dominant and the servient land both come into common ownership or both owners agree to extinguish the right.

The right does not cease to exist through lack of use regardless of the period of time and it does not cease to exist and cannot be removed because it is no longer required for example if there is an alternative.

Anyone exercising the right must not cause nuisance or obstruction and both of those would be actionable separately but not to the extent of removing the right.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your reply to my question regarding right of access, u fortunately the access is in the deeds to this property!You have clarified what is entailed and that he should be contributing to the repairs. He has on previous occasions damaged the gate into the field that belongs to this property but has never replied or contributed to any repairs as he does not feel it nescesssar, and just takes it of the hinges and throughout it on the floor out is his way. Would we be in our right to fix the gate so that it could. It be removed or broken?
Expert:  F E Smith replied 1 year ago.

If it’s your field, you can remove the gate and do what you like with it.

If you want to fix it in place so that it will not come off the hinges and he cannot remove it, you are also entitled to do that. You would not be entitled to lock it because that would obstruct his right-of-way.

If he has damaged it, you can ask him for the money to repair and if he will not pay up, you can take him to the Small Claims Court.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is not my field but my gate into the field
Expert:  F E Smith replied 1 year ago.

If its yours you can make it unremoveable