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For many older roads, ownership remains unknown.  It may be possible for residents collectively to obtain title, and our book explains how this may be done. 

The process, however, tends to be a long drawn-out one, and it is relatively rare for residents associations to establish title to “their" road.  

Whether or not they are the owners, residents need to manage their road in order to protect amenity and keep it in a good and safe condition. If they take control of it, the law gives them both rights and responsibilities, in particular making them liable for any accidents or damage caused by their negligence.

In the circumstances, many older roads are looked after by residents on the basis of control but not ownership. Nonetheless, ownership remains desirable if it can be achieved, and the advantages of owning the road are explained in our online guide for members, Managing Private Roads and Estates.


For more information, please see our FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) page for more information about:

  • Private roads and estates
  • Our insurance scheme
  • How we can help
  • Contacts