Legal costs and requirements to sell part of a field

Discussion in 'Sites, planning, self-builds and extensions' started by Jeremy, 9 Mar 2019.

  1. Jeremy

    Jeremy New Member

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    Hi, I am renovating an old cottage in rural Galway and I'm thinking of asking the neighbouring farmer if he would be interested in selling part of the field at the back of my garden so I can extend the garden. Can anyone advise on what the legal requirements and associated costs would be for him in re-drawing the property limits with the Land Registry to facilitate the sale? there will be no construction on the land, so I don't think planning permission would come into it. Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. PaddyBloggit

    PaddyBloggit Frequent Poster

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    Farmers don't sell land. You'd have to pry it out of him! Ask him if he's open to the idea first.

    How much land are you talking about?
     
  3. Jeremy

    Jeremy New Member

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    It's just the bottom corner of the field that borders the end of my garden, so maybe 10 metres x 20 metres. I could ask him but I was just looking to get a better understanding of the legal costs and requirements on his part so I could have a more informed discussion with him.
     
  4. noproblem

    noproblem Frequent Poster

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    You'll need an engineer to mark out the piece of ground, draw up a land registry compliance map map, give it to your solicitor who will do all the necessary paperwork. The engineer could charge anything from €200 to a couple of grand, the solicitor likewise. That I believe is about it. Just remember the farmer will have legal bills too if you want to cover them for him.
     
  5. RedOnion

    RedOnion Frequent Poster

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    Also check if both your garden & his land are on the Land Registry (just go to LandDirect.ie and use the map function to find it).
    If not, you'll have to got through first time registration process.
     
  6. PaddyBloggit

    PaddyBloggit Frequent Poster

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    OP, the chances are that you'd have to cover the farmer's side as well as your own. Buying a little plot from him will cost the same (outside of paying for the land) as a larger piece of the field.

    I reckon that you'd be talking around the €5k mark ... give or take (like a piece of string). Cost of solicitor x 2, surveys, land registry and paying a grand or two to the farmer for the plot itself.