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All night parties and dogs worrying my sheep – how a neighbour’s right of way has turned into a disaster for me

A reader’s query about a dispute with a neighbour highlights the importance of taking action ahead of this year’s deadline for rights of way registration, writes Deirdre Flynn

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Rights of way created by long use must be registered before November 30, 2021.

Rights of way created by long use must be registered before November 30, 2021.

Rights of way created by long use must be registered before November 30, 2021.

A number of years ago I was approached by my neighbour’s son to formalise a right of way they had across my land to a field and cottage they owned. An informal arrangement had been there for as long as I remember and there were never any issues.

However, when my neighbour decided to transfer the farm to his son, he (the son) told me that the right of way should be registered as there was a change in the law regarding this set to come into force soon. I didn’t see an issue as the right of way was always there as far as I was concerned so I agreed to it being registered.


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