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Property line disputes between neighbors

There's a difference between having a neighbor you don't really get along with and having a neighbor who may be actively breaking the law. Landowners do have a lot of rights on their own property, but that doesn't mean they can do anything they want, especially if it impacts your life dramatically.

For example, neighbors may have disputes over their property lines. Often, this can be solved by having a survey done to find out where the line really is. In some cases, people may have spent decades assuming land was theirs when it really wasn't on their lot at all.

Similarly, you may have disputes over fences, even if they are just on the other side of that property line. There are often local laws and ordinances governing how high a fence can be built and things of this nature. Don't assume your neighbor can always just build whatever he or she desires.

Consider these situations when buying and selling property. For example, it may be wise to check all of the boundary lines before closing on a new house so that you don't have a dispute with your new neighbor as soon as you move in. On the other side of the coin, you need to be sure that the transaction really gives you what you've been promised, that some of the land you're intending to buy doesn't really belong to the neighbor.

If there are issues, it is good to clear things up before the transaction is complete. Be sure you know what legal steps you'll need to take.

Source: FIndLaw, "Neighbor Disputes," accessed Dec. 01, 2016

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