When you purchase property, you want to use all of your investment. However, sometimes boundaries come into question, and you may feel that someone else is illegally using your land.
Understanding how to handle these three common types of property disputes might allow you to regain access to everything that belongs to you.
1. Adverse possession
When landowners attempt to possess a neighboring piece of property that does not belong to them, this is known as adverse possession. This process usually occurs over time and often arises when the unowned property sits uncared for and vacant for many years. If neighbors take it upon themselves to use or care for your land and then file a claim of adverse possession, know that you must respond within the statute of limitations to keep the property.
2. Boundary line disputes
If you obtain a land survey and discover the lot lines are different than you previously thought, you may be concerned about what to do next. You can determine the correct lot lines by reviewing the original property records on file with the local records office. If you discover your original lot lines are inaccurate, speak with your neighbors to inform them of the actual property lines.
If incorrect or ignored boundary lines lead to your neighbor building outbuilding, landscaping, or fences on your property, you have three options to proceed:
- Approve an easement to allow usage of the land
- Sell that portion of the land to the neighbor
- Demand the neighbor remove the items on your land
Since the neighbor has no right to your land, you control how to proceed.
Knowing how to handle these boundary disputes can help you reclaim your land.