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B****y ransom strip..Again!

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Shinamae Mon 22-Feb-21 10:43:15

I did start a thread on this sometime ago but can’t find it basically,my son is in the process of buying a 1930s bungalow and we were told that the ransom strip attached to it would not be a problem however it is turning out to be a major problem! Initially the woman selling it said it would be a 2 foot ransom strip but when he got the plan it was just over a metre, as my son wants to build a double garage on the property this would be too much so we have asked for it to be put back to the 2 foot we were promised originally but we are now told there are four executors involved and they all have to be consulted. My son has got a survey booked for the 26th of February we have given the surveyor the heads up that we might not be going through with it and I have let our solicitor know that we need an answer by today whether they will reduce the ransom strip. I actually think it’s a terribly greedy thing to do and so does my solicitor but just have to wait and see, need to know by the end of business today or unfortunately my son is going to have to pullout which is a shame because he really loves the property...😟

Peasblossom Mon 22-Feb-21 10:46:05

I don’t suppose you can draw a little plan and post it? I’ve been really interested in your sons purchase and can’t envisage it. Or a pm if you don’t want to make it public.

I’m just being nosey really😬

Squiffy Mon 22-Feb-21 11:13:52

If the vendors are digging their heels in, I think I'd be rather concerned about their future plans for their land!

Why is such a small amount of such significance to them? Will they be building some monstrosity right up to the boundary line? Obviously, the extra amount matters to your son, as he's measured what he needs for his garage, but what do the vendors want to do?

NellG Mon 22-Feb-21 11:19:53

Given the other concerns with the property, re asbestos etc it sounds like it might be just too much trouble.

I'd pull out, there are other houses with a lot less grief attached.

Luckygirl Mon 22-Feb-21 11:27:16

I would pull out. Sound like mercenary and unscrupulous sellers who will give trouble in the future.

MerylStreep Mon 22-Feb-21 11:37:07

Walk away from any property where a Ransom strip is involved. They're not called ransom strips for nothing.
I knew a man many years ago who owned everyone in a village. He did very well out of it.

crazyH Mon 22-Feb-21 11:52:02

Yes - we paid £6000 to the Council for a ransom strip...20 years ago
Basically we had planning permission to build a house in our garden, but could not use our entrance for this extra house. We had to have a separate entrance . Fair enough. But, it meant crossing over a 10foot square of ‘common land’ /ransom strip to get to the road.
Initially they wanted £20000. After much negotiation through our skilful Solicitor, we brought the price down to £6000.
My advice......don’t buy anything with a ‘ransom strip’. Or, get a good Solicitor, one who does not have much connection with the local Councillors. There will be divided loyalties.
Good luck to your son !

cornishpatsy Mon 22-Feb-21 12:49:42

I am confused, are you buying it with him? you say "my solicitor" but he has a survey booked.

If he/you love the property would the absence of a garage be a deal breaker.

I do not know see how things can change while people own ransom strips, they cannot just be given away.

Blossoming Mon 22-Feb-21 12:53:06

Don’t proceed. Too much hassle and difficult to sell on when the time comes to move.

Shinamae Mon 22-Feb-21 13:47:40

No, I am not buying it with him but as he is working a lot I am helping him. And I’m pretty sure ransom strips can be given away they just have to say forget the ransom strip have the land and that’s an end of it but somehow I don’t think they’re going to do that and I do think he’ll have to pull out. I have told him if it’s not this one it’ll be a better one... I do think things happen for a reason but I don’t think my son is quite so convinced never mind will post later on as we will know by close of business today one way or another

Shinamae Mon 22-Feb-21 14:44:11

This from the sellers solicitor...🙄🙄🙄

Shinamae Mon 22-Feb-21 14:45:51

Have just talked to my son and he has agreed that now unless there is no ransom strip at all he will not be going ahead with the purchase, fed up with all this messing around, if she wants the ransom strip that bad she can keep the whole property...😒

Shinamae Mon 22-Feb-21 16:35:16

We’re out....

Peasblossom Mon 22-Feb-21 17:17:10

It’s disappointing but I think it’s for the best. A bit too many ifs on that property 🙄

Shandy57 Mon 22-Feb-21 17:25:16

Sorry to read this Shinamae, but at least he's not out of pocket for the survey.

B9exchange Mon 22-Feb-21 17:34:09

I am sure you made the right choice, I suspect they are not called ransom strips for nothing. On to the next property and heave a sigh at a lucky escape? grin

Shinamae Mon 22-Feb-21 17:37:03

Thank you all for your support 💐💐💐

Katie59 Mon 22-Feb-21 17:56:10

I’m not sure this is a ransome strip it sound more like a boundary closer than you thought, presumably the sellers own the property next door. A ransome strip is land outside a property boundary that cannot be crossed, to prevent access to further development.
Dont complete until they change the boundary.

Shinamae Mon 22-Feb-21 18:08:27

We are out now..

eazybee Mon 22-Feb-21 19:09:18

Sorry to hear you have given up on the house, but these strips can protect the householder.
A friend was advised to buy a strip of additional land to her house because it was the only access to a small plot of land behind her house. Fifteen years later the local rogue developer bought the plot and attempted to browbeat her into giving him the access, which she was able to resist legally. He is one who builds up to and over the building line and reneges on promises, so she was devoutly thankful for the ransom strip.

Shinamae Mon 22-Feb-21 19:18:36

But this ransom strip Was being kept by the seller!!!...🙄 anyway onward and upward glad to be out of it now actually thanks everybody for your advice 💐💐

Hetty58 Mon 22-Feb-21 19:29:57

I'm sure you've done the right thing. Buy another property without any problems!

Shinamae Mon 22-Feb-21 19:47:10

Hopefully Hetty!!....🤗

Whiff Tue 23-Feb-21 09:05:25

Shinamae my daughter and son son in law had an offer accepted on a house. The vendors where a nightmare so they looked for another house. Found a better house in a better area and cheaper , moved in nearly 2 weeks ago. First house still on the market.

Your son will find somewhere he likes better without all the hassle. And no ransom strip.

Shinamae Tue 23-Feb-21 09:06:18

Thanks Whiff 💐