The Standard Contractual Conditions1 will (unless excluded from the contract) relieve the seller of the obligation to define precisely the route of boundaries or to prove title to their ownership2. The burden of discovering the identity and ownership of boundaries therefore usually lies with the buyer whose solicitor should therefore check the boundaries as shown on the title deeds, accompanying plans, and (where supplied) the estate agent's particulars. Where, from investigation of the above documents, the boundaries are unclear or a discrepancy exists, further enquiries should be undertaken to clarify the position.
The client or his surveyor should be asked
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