How to File a Property Line Dispute

How to File a Property Line Dispute

April 28, 2023

Boundary,Of,The,House,GroundsHow to File a Property Line Dispute

There are a number of different ways to resolve a property line dispute. A common way is to try and work out an agreement between you and your neighbor. A professional mediator can also be a good option if you and your neighbor are not able to settle the dispute on your own. However, you should always get a lawyer involved as soon as possible to ensure that you are not making any mistakes that would forfeit your case.


A property line dispute is a common issue between neighbors. It can arise when one or both parties build something that encroaches on the other’s property, or when someone is trying to sell their property but has problems finding the property line. If the boundary line is a problem, it’s possible to fix it by negotiating with your neighbor. This is typically the fastest, easiest and least expensive way to resolve a property line dispute. If you and your neighbor can’t reach an agreement on your own, it may be time to hire a mediator. These people are trained to help parties find solutions that wouldn’t be available in court.


Boundary lines – or property line disputes – are a common problem in real estate. They can involve anything from a fence that impedes a neighbor’s view or a tree that encroaches on someone else’s property. Regardless of the type of dispute, it is important to get a land survey before bringing a case in court. A survey will show where your property line begins and ends. It will also show the locations of roads, structures, and natural boundaries. This will help you prove where the boundary is and how far someone may have encroached on your property. A survey can be completed by a trained professional who will use legal descriptions and measurements to determine exactly where a property line is located. This can be a great way to resolve a property line dispute and protect yourself from future encroachments.

Title Searches

If you are dealing with a neighbor who has encroached on your property line, you can use a title search to find out if any easements or deeds have been granted. This can help you determine who the real owner of your property is and whether or not you should pursue legal action. A title search identifies the rightful owner of a piece of property and also uncovers liens or judgments against it. This information helps a buyer understand their purchase and ensures they don’t get stuck with a financial responsibility when closing on the home. A title search is a crucial part of the home buying process. It confirms the seller is the rightful owner of a property and can help you avoid liens or claims against the home that could make it difficult to close on the home.

Adverse Possession

Adverse possession is a legal doctrine that can allow a person to obtain ownership of property by occupying it for a period of time. This doctrine can be especially useful when a neighbor encroaches on your land by building something that spills over into your property, or even if they use a part of it without permission for years. To make an adverse possession claim, a person must be able to demonstrate that they have occupied the disputed property in a manner that is open and obvious to others. They must also be able to show that they have used the property exclusively and not shared it with anyone else. Most jurisdictions have laws around adverse possession, and the amount of time it takes for a person to establish the right to title depends on the state. For example, New York requires that a person hold adverse possession for a specific amount of time – ten years – to win a title to the property.

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