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Strategies for handling boundary disputes between property owners

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Real Estate Transactions |

Boundary disputes between property owners can be stressful and complicated. It can be challenging to understand what to do when one arises.

However, there are several effective strategies to resolve these disagreements without escalating tensions.

Understand your property lines

The first step in resolving a boundary dispute is to clearly understand where your property lines are. This usually involves reviewing your property’s deed or obtaining a new survey from a licensed professional. You should have a precise understanding of your property boundaries before proceeding with any discussions or resolutions.

Communicate openly with your neighbor

Open communication is key to resolving boundary issues amicably. Approach your neighbor in a friendly and cooperative manner to discuss the issue. Sharing documents like property deeds or survey results can help clarify any misunderstandings about property lines.

Use mediation

If direct communication does not resolve the issue, consider mediation. Mediators are neutral third parties who can help both sides discuss their views and reach a mutually acceptable solution. Mediation is less adversarial and usually more cost-effective than going to court.

Consult with an attorney

Sometimes, professional legal advice is necessary, especially when the dispute cannot be resolved through communication or mediation. A real estate attorney can provide guidance based on local laws and regulations, represent your interests and help secure your property rights.

Consider a formal agreement

If you reach an agreement with your neighbor, consider formalizing it with a written agreement. This agreement should be comprehensive and detail the resolution terms, and both parties should sign it. For added protection, you can record the agreement with local land records.

Prepare for litigation as a last resort

If all else fails, litigation may be the only solution. This involves taking the dispute to court and having a judge make a decision based on the evidence presented. Litigation should be a last resort due to the high costs and potential to cause long-term damage to neighborly relations.

By following these strategies, property owners can address boundary issues more effectively and maintain good relations with their neighbors.