Property owners have the right to protect and use their property as they wish. If you own land or any type of property, you will want to know where your property ends and the next person’s begins. You’ve heard the old adage that good fences make good neighbors, and the same could be said for boundary lines. It is essential to know where your boundary lines are and what to do in the event that there is a dispute over the location of those lines. 

Property line or boundary line disputes are not only an inconvenience, but they can also represent significant problems for you. They may also lead to the possibility of legal complications, encroachment on your property, privacy concerns, financial issues and more. If you are struggling with this type of dispute with your neighbor, you will benefit from learning more about how you can protect your interests.  

Common property issues 

There are a lot of different issues that can arise between neighbors and lead to a property line dispute. In fact, you may not realize that there is a discrepancy between where you think the line is and where your neighbor thinks the line is until certain problems become evident. Some of the most common property issues include: 

  • Encroachment: This occurs when a neighbor builds a structure, such as a fence or a shed, on a neighboring property. 
  • Trespassing: This occurs when someone comes onto your property without permission, and it can impact your privacy in your own home. 
  • Easement: This is a legal way for someone else to have access to your property. For example, a utility company may have an easement that allows them to use a small piece of your property.  

There are different ways to end a boundary dispute, including having a friendly conversation with your neighbor. If this is not effective, you may benefit from seeking a new survey of the property. There are times when these steps do not resolve the matter, and it is necessary to take the matter to court. 

Protecting your property rights 

It is important to remember that you have the right to defend your property rights and how you want to use your property. You do not have to tolerate trespassing or encroachment, and you may even have grounds to challenge an easement. If you are unsure of where to begin, it will be helpful to speak to an experienced professional regarding your options.