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Old 15-03-2017, 12:52 AM
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Hello,

My wife and I are in the process of buying our first property, in Margate, Kent. There is, however, an issue regarding land registry that has been delaying the process for 2 months now.

Our solicitors are claiming that the property 'does not abut the public highway', citing a plan showing a very small piece of land (the end of the driveway) whose ownership is uncertain.

The seller's solicitors are claiming, conversely, that the property does abut the public highway and that there is no dispute. Thus, we have had a stalemate since January.

Our solicitors have recently asked the sellers solicitors to see office copy entries for said piece of land and for evidence that a right of way has been given.

The problem is that the house is being rented out and the owner is refusing to make the tenants leave until this issue has been sorted, despite the fact that their tenancy agreement ended on the 10th March.

My wife and I feel very let down by both solicitors (particularly the sellers') and the excuses and buck passing.

I would be very grateful of any advice or support that anyone could give me on this matter; has anyone has experienced a similar problem and, if so, how was it resolved?

Many thanks in advance,

Paul.
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