Connexion edition: February 2010 AN ENGLISHMAN’S home will always be his castle, even in France, but unless it comes with a moat around it, it may not be easy to define the limits of the property. 

Michael and Charlotte Kemp from the Lot encountered this problem when they decided they wished to divide their land and sell off part of it as a building plot. 

"We arranged for a géomètre [land surveyor] to divide up the land, which necessitated obtaining a definitive boundary line with our neighbour [called le bornage]. 

"However, our neighbour was unwilling to agree to the proposal drawn up by the géomètre, despite the fact that it followed an obvious existing physical boundary on the ground." 

The case illustrates that without the cooperation of your neighbour, a legal definition of the boundary is difficult to obtain. 

Planning and property lawyer Christine Paclot said: "It is necessary for both sides to sign that they agree to the boundary plan drawn up by the géomètre, in the absence of which the plan has no legal value." 

A similar situation occurred with Robert Crater who bought a property in the Vienne, the boundaries of which had been drawn up 18 years previously between neighbours. ...

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