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Sorry if this is the wrong place but I'm not sure where to ask this.
I purchased my first flat a couple months ago in Scotland and my bank just sent me the title deeds as they do not wish to keep hold of them. I read it and spotted that it says I own one of the 4 coal cellars in the basement. However, I have no keys for any of the cellars and speaking to the neighbours, only 2 have said they own a cellar. The rest have no idea either (some are renters).
The deeds say my cellar is adjacent to the party wall of the building next door and there's only one door that seems to be in the correct location. I don't want to be calling a locksmith to break into the cellar if it isn't mine (or throw out anything that may be in there). Does anyone know how I would be able to find out for sure which is mine?
Check with the freeholder .
Check with all residents and previous owner via your solicitor
If no one knows and you think you are right tell everyone what you are going to do in writing
Put a notice on the door to say you have changed locks with a contcat number
Keep anything in there for 3 months then dispose of
( unless you find a body - then better inform the police I guess !)
Jonathan Clarke. http://www.buytoletmk.com
I am the freeholder, Scotland doesn't have leasehold properties. I asked my solicitor and the previous owner months ago and sent a followup email, I received no replies.
I've checked with the neighbours and either they don't know or someone has claimed use of it and are not being forthcoming. I'll check with the factor and then perhaps do as you suggest, as it sounds reasonable and I'm in no rush to fill the cellar with my stuff.
Before I do something I`m not 100% sure about
I sometimes fast forward and imagine myself standing in front of a judge and ask myself .
Did I act in a reasonable manner and can I justify those actions to any reasonable person
It sounds you are doing just that
I tend to ask "what will my wife say when she finds out?"
All constituent parts of your purchase should be highlighted clearly on your deeds and land registry document. If so, you have proof that the coal cellar belongs to you and you can open the door and use it.
LETS MAKE HOMES by treating landlords as partners, tenants as customers & every property as our own."
I'm in a tenement building and the deeds just say I own a coal cellar adjoining the neighbouring building and there's only one cellar that's adjoining the neighbouring building (unless some have been removed before my time and the deeds not updated). The land registry document just shows an aerial view of the area and a red line highlighting my building and grounds. It doesn't specifically show the individual cellars or individual flats for that matter.
Just read though the deeds again and noticed that it said there should be an outhouse for the bins but that isn't there anymore. Don't really want to be changing locks and stuff if my coal cellar has actually been removed and the deeds not updated.