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What to do in a property line dispute

On Behalf of | Jan 16, 2019 | Firm News, Real Estate Law |

It isn’t uncommon for Florida homeowners to engage in disputes. In many cases, they can be resolved through effective communication. Objective markers like a fence or a tree could be used as the official boundary between one property and the next. There are times when property disputes arise because a homeowner puts a building or a garden a few inches over his or her property line.

In such a scenario, it may be possible to ask a neighbor for an easement or to be deeded the extra property needed for those items. It may also be possible for an individual to claim adverse possession. This may occur if a person has used land belonging to a neighbor for a long period of time with no complaints.

If neighbors cannot agree on a solution to a property dispute on their own, government officials may be able to help. They may be able to provide maps that indicate the exact dimensions of a given lot. Local governments may also provide mediators to help sparring neighbors come to mutually acceptable solution to their problem. A land survey can also be conducted in a dispute over property boundaries. In some cases, a judge may be called upon to make a ruling in the matter.

Those who are in the middle of a property dispute with a neighbor may want to hire an attorney who has a background in real estate law. This person may be able to help an individual create a solution that he or she can be satisfied with. Favorable outcomes may include a neighbor relocating a tree or receiving an easement for a driveway or other pathway. Cases may be resolved in court or through settlement talks.