Boundary Walls – Why They Are Important
Since so many of us were taught to view the house as the house, with no value assigned to the boundary walls or boundaries between the house and the rest of the garden, we have little understanding of what they are or why they should be respected. In this article, we will explore why we should be aware of our boundary walls and how this might help to maintain our peace of mind in the future.
When we think of boundary walls, what comes to mind? Is it that we know they can’t be there unless they are actually there? Is it that they are somehow an intimidating or threatening space to use, which makes us want to stay clear of them?
The first thing to consider when we are discussing boundary walls is that they are boundaries. A boundary is a physical point where a material boundary can be drawn. This physical point, where the boundary line is drawn can be a mile-marker on a road, a pencil line on a graph, or a physical delineator on the ground, such as a wooden border on the property line of an estate.
For example, a wooded boundary, with trees and plants growing in front of it would not be seen as a boundary if the wooded area were empty of trees, plants and other materials. Instead, this wooded area would be treated as the “residence” of the person who had the ownership of the land under that wooded boundary, and the title to that land would be vested in the person who owned that wooded area.
We can see the importance of this by looking at how a boundary line might be marked on the ground. A boundary line, which is usually marked by a fence or chain link, will mark a physical boundary, because there will be a boundary marker to separate the area, and anything else beyond that boundary marker will be seen as being outside of the property.
This is something to keep in mind, especially if you own property boundary of a park. The rules for who can and cannot use a park or any part of the park property without permission are going to be different from the rules for the use of your own property.
For instance, there will be no such rules about parking in a park without permission.
A property owner may enter a property without asking to see the paperwork, and then he or she might park their car in a driveway that does not belong to them.
Wooded areas are not always treated this way, however. Many times, the property owners of these wooded areas get parking permits for their guests, and they might even add accesses to these woods through gateways that look like they are visible from their driveways. If this were allowed, it would be like carving a boundary line and maintaining the illusion that the woods are part of the property that belongs to the property owner.
Of course, the government also issues parking placards that declare the edges of the property to be the boundary, and there are also boundary markers posted on utility lines. In a few cases, a property owner will choose to put boundary markers on the property itself, which may be confusing to the property owner.
If you own a property, and you believe that the boundaries you see are too high or too narrow, you might take a look at the rules that govern how other property owners decide what is not their property. You might find that your boundaries do not meet the standards set by the laws that govern how those property owners decide what is not theirs.
Boundary Walls What to look out for
Your property owner might insist that the dividing line be ten feet or more from the ground of the home, the driveway, or the lawn, and a property owner may refuse to sell their home to a buyer if the price is lower than that. A homeowner could put a boundary around a driveway that they used to access their property or that they use for their pool, and then the reason for that rule could include a request that a neighbour does not block their driveway.
Boundary walls can be an important part of a property owner’s overall security, or they can become part of the main problem. Boundary walls can protect from trespassers, but if they are not placed in a place where someone cannot get into them and get out, the walls might make the house a target for vandals, and the owner of the house and property could be stuck with the cost of repairing the property or replacing the wall after the vandal has moved on.
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