Seafuryfan 2007-11-21 14:05:46
Situation: We want to buy a house which we really like. The onl
drawback is that there is a 12′ high leylandi hedge, located about 12
widthways from the back of the house. It more or less runs the entir
length and appears to be designed to obviously give privacy to a nearb
The hedge is situated (just) on the neighbour’s property and appears t
be well trimmed. But it blocks out an awful lot of natural light t
the rear of the property in which we are interested.
Question: If we were to buy the house, would the neigbour be forced b
law in any way to reduce the height of the hedge to afford more natura
light onto our house? Oh, the property is in Northern Ireland.
Thanks for any replies
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Kenty ;-\) 2007-11-21 18:31:24
I agree Franz,there is nothing worse than having battles with
neighbours.They wont be to pleased when you move in and demand the hedge to
be cut .I think in England,uk there is/going to be a law that states hedges
can be no higher than 2.5metres high,& the council if forced in action can
cut the hedges to the required height & charge the owner the costs for doing
so,also they can be fined 1000.About time too!
Nothing against hedges or trees ,if they are planted in the right place,some
people dont have any sense & plant anywere even if it makes someone elses
Michael berrid 2007-11-21 18:31:37
There is to be a law introduced whereby, in the case of a dispute
between neighbours, a local council can intervene and reduce the height
of the hedge to 2m, however, as this hedge is there already I don’t
think that will apply, even if it does in NI, because you bought the
house with the hedge 12′ high. You could therefore, be assumed to
accepting it being there at that height.
I’m not a lawyer, but you really need to check this out very carefully.
Emrys davies 2007-11-21 18:31:50
I find it somewhat disturbing that, before you even buy the house, you
are considering whether the law will be sympathetic to you regarding a
nuisance hedge owned by a prospective neighbour.
This site gives you an insight into the proposed new law on the subject.
It is likely to be on your side, but what a start it would be to your
new life in a fresh environment when friendly supportive neighbours are
Nick wagg 2007-11-21 22:45:59
Do you really want to start life in a new house with a dispute with
neighbours in Northern Ireland of all places?
John 2007-11-21 22:46:30
Why not approach the neighbours first, i.e. now? If they’re sympathetic
and actually do this, you gain two ways (if you end up buying the
house). If they’re not, you still gain two ways: (a) you find out in
advance that you’d have had a problem and (b) you avoid some
I can testify myself (being both on the receiving end and on the
delivery end) that it’s *very easy* to allow a leylandii hedge to grow
taller than you ever intended: the bigger they get, the faster they
Kenty ;-\) 2007-11-21 22:47:20
if the leylandi grows bigger than you intended then why did you plant it in
the first place?We all know these grow at pace,you could have planted
something more suitable.There are loads of conifers of all sizes,people just
dont use there brains when concidering what to plant were.If we did it would
save alot of time & stress.
John 2007-11-21 22:47:56
(a) I didn’t plant it – my predecessors did. (Personally, I have
planted beech, privet and Russian Vine!)
(b) I should have made the point more clearly: you get used to seeing
“a hedge” at the bottom of the garden — you don’t assess how high it
is. Then one day you realise, when you go out to cut it, that you’re
needing to be one step higher up the stepladder than you were last year
…. and you realise that the _shape_ of the hedge is the same, but its
_height_ has crept up. You have the same effect with ornamental trees.
I was suggesting that the neighbours in Northern Ireland might not
actually realise how high their hedge has become.
Root 2007-11-22 03:19:39
I had an Ailsa Craig Tomato plant and a Mooli radish grow larger than
intended this year. Also several fuchsia and some leeks that have grown
*smaller* than I intended.
Do all your plants grow as intended? What’s your secret? 🙂
Steve Harris – Cheltenham – Real address steve AT netservs DOT com
Kenty ;-\) 2007-11-22 13:28:59
No i have no secret,just common sense for example-if you have a garden with
neighbours on the other side you dont be a prat & plant a hedge that grows
10ft + or a oak tree in a small garden.A couple of ft in height here & there
is not what i am talking about, i am talking about plants in the wrong
Brian watson 2007-11-22 13:29:06
That would be a good enough reason for me not to buy the house.
It is a dispute just waiting to happen, and may already be such, so why the
vendor is selling (or trying to sell) the property.
“Stuck down a hole, in the fog, in the middle of the night, with an owl.”
Kay easton 2007-11-22 13:30:06
In article <_SZxb.1540$Hy3.email@example.com>, kenty 😉
Most hedges will happily grow 10ft plus in height if allowed to. The
only difference is the speed with which they do it.
Edward’s earthworm page:
Janet baraclou 2007-11-22 18:00:55
from “Brian Watson”
If that’s the case, the vendor is obliged to reveal an existing
neighbour-dispute. IMHO taking on an existing dispute simply isn’t worth
the trouble and open-ended expense. The OP could find his own mortgage
lenders and insurers also take a very dim view.
If the vendor is not directly involved in any disputes, you should
also consider whether the hedge owner may be screening out nuisance from
someone or something else (dazzling security lights or flying b**** from
property on the other side of the vendor’s property, for example). The
vendor is not obliged to tell you about other peoples’ problems and
Janice 2007-11-23 01:50:28
AFAIK, you’re only obliged to reveal a dispute if you’re asked directly. I
don’t think you’re under any obligation to reveal that information if not
asked the question directly.
Sacha 2007-11-23 01:51:26
AFAIR, When you sell a house, you are sent a form and included on that form
is the question of any disputes with neighbours. I think that’s pretty
(remove the ‘x’ to email me)
Janet baraclou 2007-11-23 05:29:38
These days it’s a standard enquiry from conveyance solicitors during
their searches. People should bear this in mind when dealing with
David 2007-11-24 03:49:40
No, you’re legally obliged to tell of any disputes, does it also apply
to new houses/developers though?