It’s time to take action if your neighbor is squeezing you out of your own house or yard.
“Good fences make good neighbours,” as the adage goes. This might be true for many folks. Some neighbours, however, do not respect excellent fences or any other barrier. If a neighbour illegally encroaches on your property, you have many choices depending on the sort of violation.
What Should You Do About Your Neighbour’s Boundary Problems?
You have a boundary issue if your neighbour places their property, a fence, or even an extension to their house on or crosses your property line.
The first step in resolving this is to speak with your neighbour and then compare deed documents. The precise language of the documents should indicate the location of your property boundaries. If they do not, you will be forced to agree to pay for a survey. Whether you pay for it alone or make a deal with your neighbour will be determined by the status of your connection with that individual.
If your neighbor’s possessions are intruding on your property, they should be moved after you know precisely where your borders are. If they refuse, you might try going to mediation.
A lot of homeowners organisations provide mediation services. If yours does not, you might employ a professional mediator to assist you in resolving the encroachment difficulties. Otherwise, you’ll have to go to court and have a judge order the person next door to retain his belongings.
What Should You Do About Your Neighbor’s Trees?
Some neighbour disagreements have a naturally existing root, which is a tree. The branches are either hanging over the fence you created or breaking and falling into your yard. Perhaps the roots are invading your land. Most states will not allow either side to kill a tree that is on a border.
Leaves, pods, acorns, and other debris that fall onto your land are considered a natural occurrence and are the duty of the property owner to take up. However, if branches fall and cause damage to your property for reasons other than a storm or an act of God, your neighbour is liable for the cleaning and damage. If the roots intrude on your property, they are seen as an intrusion in the same way as fences and other tangible possessions are. If the tree’s roots reach your property border, the tree owner is required to remove it.
What Should You Do About Your Neighbor’s Pets?
Perhaps it is not your neighbor’s property that is infringing, but rather their animals. Unwanted ‘gifts’ or property damage may be left by a roaming tomcat or uncontrolled dog. How you cope with this, like with most things, is determined on where you reside.
Many localities have rules that govern how pets should be maintained and whether they must be leashed. If the animal in issue is hazardous or has caused harm to another person, the owner may be held accountable for any injuries or damage. In rare circumstances, neighbours might get a court injunction to restrict the animal.
What to Do If Your Neighbor Infringes
Last but not least, the most severe and ridiculous sort of boundary violation occurs when your neighbour crosses your boundaries. Someone has carved a route through your back yard or front yard. Or, maybe you live in a rural location and discover people hunting, fishing, picnicking, and so on on your property without your permission.
There is also a legislation that applies to similar scenarios. It’s referred to as trespass. It often entails a criminal punishment.
If your neighbour is on your property and doing anything exceptionally obnoxious or hazardous, the best and most urgent approach to deal with them is to contact the police. Otherwise, make a note of their transgressions and submit a police complaint. Obtain dates and timings. If you can get images or testimonies from witnesses to the occurrence, it would be very beneficial. Your neighbour may face a fine and be compelled to leave your property.