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When a council employee was marking the pavement in front of our house for repairs recently he told us that half the pavement was our responsibility and we would have to chip in. Is this true, and if so, would we be liable if someone tripped and broke their leg on it?

Your title deeds should tell you whether or not you are the proud owners of a bit of pavement. If not you could double check with the local authority’’s highways department. If the pavement does turn out to belong to you, it’’s possible you could be held responsible if the slabs are uneven and someone hurt themselves as a result. You may even be able to rip up the pavement (as opposed to repairing it) and turn the area into a small garden if it’’s your land.

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