Around 40% of Americans have had some kind of dispute with their neighbors over the years. Whether it’s fencing, construction, or just an argument about someone’s noisy dog, US residents sometimes find it a little hard to love thy neighbor.
So if you’re part of that 40%, what’s the right way to resolve boundary disputes with neighbors? Is it really possible to come out the other side of a property lines argument with both sides happy and the situation resolved peacefully?
We’re here to tell you that it is. Read on for our handy guide to real estate law and how to settle real estate boundary disputes with ease!
What Even Are Boundary Disputes?
Your property lines are just what they sound like: the various borders and boundaries that demarcate the edges of your property. Considering that, it’s easy to see why they can be such a hot topic for disputes between neighbors. Any misunderstanding has the potential impact of limiting the size and value of your property.
Property boundary disputes can be sparked by any number of things. For example, it’s not uncommon to see disputes with neighbors skyrocket after periods of inclement weather. A tree that has fallen over in such a way that it straddles property lines can cause arguments. Whose responsibility is it to deal with the new obstacle?
A desire to build additions to your home is also likely to cause a ruckus with your neighbor. Something as simple as building a conservatory can cause years of arguments about where property lines begin and end. It’s almost too much to bear!
How Should I Deal With Property Line Disputes?
First of all, you should sit down with your neighbor and try to talk to them. Sometimes, this can be the least desirable option out there: not all of us are blessed with neighbors we want to be best friends with, after all. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to try to settle things in a grown-up fashion before resorting to external aid.
But if talking doesn’t work, then it could be time to hire an attorney or land surveyor to affirm your rights to your land. In the event of an intractable dispute, calling in external aid who is well-versed in real estate law can quickly put the kibosh on boundary disputes with neighbors.
Those aren’t the only solutions, though. You could always look into stuff like quiet title actions, which affirms your rights to your land and ‘quiets’ arguments. Not bad!
It’s Important to Set Boundaries
So there you have it. Whether you’re in a years-long argument with a neighbor or you have some new quarrel that needs settling, this guide to boundary disputes should help you out.
After all, it’s your land, and you know it better than anyone!
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