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How owners can resolve property line disputes

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2023 | Firm News

If you are a landowner in Indiana, you know that there are times that neighbors may encroach on your property without initially realizing it. A neighbor may build a fence that goes onto your property. They may put up a shed that is partially on your property, or even an addition to a garage or home that crosses the property lines.

It could also be that the neighbor simply starts using a portion of your property for their landscaping or personal use.

Steps to take to resolve property line disputes

When this occurs, it can create property line disputes between neighbors. It is generally best for everyone if the neighbors can resolve the dispute peacefully out of court.

The first step in this process is to simply have a conversation with the neighbor and explain your position and why you do not want them on the property. It may take some negotiating, but you may be able to reach an agreement to make both people happy.

If there is a dispute about where the property line is actually located, you may need to look at your property deeds to determine the boundaries. Hopefully, that will resolve any disputes over the property line, but if it does not you may need to hire a survey company to take precise measurements to determine exactly where the boundaries lie. If the neighbor sill is not convinced, you may need to start a lawsuit to have the neighbor comply with the property boundaries.

Neighbors in Indiana do not necessarily need to be friends, but it is best if they are at least respectful of each other’s property. If they are not then it can lead to disputes involving many different aspects including a property line dispute. These can be complicated matters and consulting with experienced professionals may be beneficial.

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