Man tries to sell house, realises he actually owns the house next door

Man tries to sell house, realises he actually owns the house next door
Published: 2016 August 05 09:15:12 (6932 Views)
A businessman trying to sell his house realised that he doesn't own the flat he's been living in for six years but owns the one next door.

Businessman Chris Meyer, 30, from Carlisle, is trying to sell his three-bed flat so he can move into a more spacious house.

Chris was hoping to sell his flat at no. 8 Carlisle Court but a legal mix-up with the Land Registry documents means he actually owns the house at no. 9, while his neighbour owns his.

Which is making the sale pretty tricky and he's not the only resident affected – ten of the 15 flat owners in the building are facing the same problem.

The problem stems from the plot numbers listed on the Land Registry documents when the flats were built back in 2004.

While everyone thought they were living in the correct flats, the numbers didn't match up to the Land Registry's.



Three years on and he's still trying to get the mix up sorted out. The Land Registry have said they need every owner's approval to fix the problem, thereby allowing Chris to sell up.

But, some of the flats, including no. 9, are rented out and their owners haven't responded to letters about the issue.

Burnetts, the Carlisle law firm that originally dealt with the purchase of his flat, told Chris it was his responsibility to check the relevant document.

And they are trying to resolve the problem. Nick Gutteridge, a managing partner at Burnetts, told the News & Star: 'We are very clear that responsibility for checking the title report was with Mr Meyer.

'Although this is not a situation of our making, we have gone above and beyond in helping Mr Meyer to rectify the issue, including liaising with other property owners and their lenders.

'Given the many hours which have been spent, at no charge, in trying to assist him, it is disappointing that Mr Meyer has chosen to raise a grievance via the newspaper.

'We have previously encouraged Mr Meyer to seek independent legal advice and do so again. In the meantime, we are willing to continue to help, if he wants us to do so.'



Source - Metro

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