In the UK it is not uncommon to see many semi-detaches home sharing a driveway. In fact, whilst they tend to be larger than the average singular driveway, it is not uncommon for neighbours to go head to head over their rights. In order to ensure you know how a shared driveway works, the team here at Hamilton Paving have decided to go over everything you need to know…
Right of Way
The main thing that causes drama over shared driveways is the fact that most have something known as an easement which allows one tenant right of way over the other and this document contains the rights and obligations of both parties. A right of way easement simply dictates the right to pass over a certain area of land on foot or in a vehicle. It also states that both parties are responsible for making sure that all damage is repaired promptly and that the driveway is kept free from obstructions. This sounds simple however it means that a neighbour may park on the right of way and as long as the other person can still get past they are not in breach of any rights.
Maintenance, Repairs and New Installations
Of course, since a shared driveway is used by two parties this generally means that all maintenance and repairs have to be split down the middle in order to ensure that the pay out is fair and equal. Unfortunately this often leads to disputes between home owners as one may argue that there is more damage on the other side and that they shouldn’t pay for the repairs because they didn’t cause it. Another common issue is the question of having a new driveway installed. After all, in order for this to happen both parties have to agree with one another. Again, the cost is often split down the middle.
When it comes to shared driveways it is safe to say that they can be a nightmare which is why you should always know your rights in order to stop your neighbour making decisions without your input. If you and your neighbour have both decided to have your shared driveway done up, get in contact with the best driveways in Buckinghamshire today to find out more information!