Predominently in the 1930s, many properties were built as semi-detached houses, with shared driveways leading to garages to the rear of their respective land.
Car ownership was sparse, with the average car per household not being more than 1.
Over the years, car ownership per household became greater and the size of cars became larger.
The dimensions of garages built in the 30s, became redundant for the parking of modern larger cars.
The size of alleyways in which cars were supposedly pass and repass, to be parked in garages, equally became impracticable to all but the most skilled of drivers, save for Motorcyclists, and cyclists, of course.
At Darlingtons Solicitors, we deal with many neighbour disputes, but in North-West London it is particularly a common problem amongst home-owners.
Should you park in an alleyway?
No you probably should not. The reason is that you will be blocking your neighbour’s right of way.
Most land in England and Wales, is registered land which means that who owns what, attached to which property, is usually set out in the Proprietorship Register of Her Majesty’s Land Registry. You need to ask in the first instance for Office Copy Entries, together with a plan. It will cost you under £10 to do so.The Proprietorship Register will usually show that the alley between 2 houses, is common land between you. It is unlikely to ever say that one property owns exclusive rights over another, or else that other property could never have used their own garage. There would in any event be a natural right of way exercised over a period of years, providing an implied right of way of that shared piece of land.
The law on this subject is more complex than at first it would seem.
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