Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




3215 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted
Subscriber

#194939 31-Mar-2016 09:21
Send private message

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/78331424/dispute-over-land-access-to-bach-causing-stress

 

I had a little empathy for Mr Harvey, up until I got to the paragraph commencing ...

 

"I put a drain in ... "


Create new topic
2092 posts

Uber Geek


  #1523116 31-Mar-2016 09:39
Send private message

yeah - from the sounds of it Mr Harvey just does whatever the hell he wants on property that isn't his, then gets all uppity when the landowner tells him to gtfo:

 

 

 

 

"He's done nothing about it. When I got there, there was a track that had been there for a while, but he turned that track into a road.  I didn't have a problem with his coming up there, but he pulled down the gate and put a whole new road up there without any consultation. I got annoyed at that. He's continuously all over our property. And he's a hard man to talk to." 

 


5735 posts

Uber Geek


  #1523182 31-Mar-2016 10:27
Send private message

Lesson: Never, ever buy a property without legal, practical access.

 

The whole story reads like it could have been avoided with respectful behaviour including good communication.

 

If you rely on the good will of neighbors - don't take liberties, respect gates and don't undertake any works (however benign) on their property without permission.

 

Better still - pay them for an easement.





Mike

 
 
 
 


1269 posts

Uber Geek


  #1523245 31-Mar-2016 11:30
Send private message

Yeah, I was reading this yesterday. My summary:

 

Kevin Harvey bought a bach 12 years ago. Access is via a set of steep stairs but his wife is unable to negotiate those so he uses a track through Pikau Marshall's land. Harvey's solicitor advised access was not a problem as there is "a precedent in the court - take it to court and you would end up getting legal access" but this turned out to be wrong.

 

After several years, Harvey pulls down a gate, turns the track into a road and puts a drain in, all on Marshall's land. He also builds a carpark, but it's not clear in the article whether this is on his own land or Marshall's. He does all this without any discussion with Marshall.

 

I have a tiny bit of sympathy for Harvey over the incorrect legal advice he was given but I wonder if his memory of what happened 12 years ago is faulty - it sounds a lot like something the real estate agent would have said, not the solicitor. But I have bought many houses in my time and whenever there has been any question over shared titles, easements, encroachments, boundaries, etc. you always get written legal confirmation to put into the property file - a verbal comment isn't worth the paper it's written on.

 

The obvious moral of the story is that you never, ever, do any work on property that doesn't belong to you without discussion and agreement from the property owner. At the very least, if Marshall had wanted any of this done Harvey might have been able to split the costs. Now he's out of pocket, on medication, and can't get to his bach. And going to the media, trying to make out his neighbour is the bad guy. That might have worked for the Roseneath fence but in this case it's all Harvey's problem.

 

 


1714 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  #1523294 31-Mar-2016 12:43
Send private message

Yeah, when I read it yesterday it very much sounded like Mr Harvey had started to do whatever he liked without consultation with, or respect for the landowner and his property. My sympathy for Harvey was gone before I got to the end of the article.

 

 

 

Funny how Stuff make him out to be the victim. Maybe the reporter didn't understand what they wrote? laughing


Create new topic





Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Chorus completes the build and commissioning of two new core Ethernet switches
Posted 8-Jul-2020 09:48


National Institute for Health Innovation develops treatment app for gambling
Posted 6-Jul-2020 16:25


Nokia 2.3 to be available in New Zealand
Posted 6-Jul-2020 12:30


Menulog change colours as parent company merges with Dutch food delivery service
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:53


Techweek2020 goes digital to make it easier for Kiwis to connect and learn
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:48


Catalyst Cloud launches new Solutions Hub to support their kiwi Partners and Customers
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:44


Microsoft to help New Zealand job seekers acquire new digital skills needed for the COVID-19 economy
Posted 2-Jul-2020 07:41


Hewlett Packard Enterprise introduces new HPE GreenLake cloud services
Posted 24-Jun-2020 08:07


New cloud data protection services from Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:58


Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveils HPE Ezmeral, new software portfolio and brand
Posted 24-Jun-2020 07:10


Apple reveals new developer technologies to foster the next generation of apps
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:30


Poly introduces solutions for Microsoft Teams Rooms
Posted 23-Jun-2020 15:14


Lenovo launches new ThinkPad P Series mobile workstations
Posted 23-Jun-2020 09:17


Lenovo brings Linux certification to ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:56


Apple introduces new features for iPhone iOS14 and iPadOS 14
Posted 23-Jun-2020 08:28



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.