Property Line Dispute

Dealing with property line disputes can be exhausting. When you've spent months searching for the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood, to find out that your neighbors are anything but enjoyable, this can be quite discouraging. However, before you jump to any conclusions, take a deep breath and try to analyze the situation, because at the end of the day, you still have to live next door to these people. At the same time, don't let property line encroachments go unanswered, because it can come back to bite you, especially when you're trying to sell your home.

Put together all the paperwork and try to work things out with your neighbors, if you can. Here are a few other tips when dealing with real estate property line disputes:

Know Your Property Line

Before marching right over to your neighbor's front door, find your settlement papers and the drawing that indicates your property lines. You should be able to find this information on the plat, which you should have received in your settlement. If you are unable to find your plan, state and county government sites often have recorded plats.

Meet With Your Neighbor

Before pulling out the boxing gloves, meet with your neighbor about the property line issue. Don't assume that they have purposefully crossed over onto your property, but have your plat with you incase you need to show them where they have crossed the property line.

If a meeting doesn't work, you may need to take things to the next level in order to solve the problem.

  • Write a letter. Write a letter containing a copy of your plat, documenting their property line trespass, and requesting a remedy to the situation. File this letter with your county clerk or land records office. If your lawyer sends the letter, it has more weight because your neighbors know you're taking things seriously.
  • Meditate on it. Many communities have mediation services that actually help neighbors reach a non-binding agreement.
  • Police Action. If you must, contact the police. If your neighbor is about to pour concrete on your property, it might be necessary.

As stated earlier, your recorded property deed should show the legally recorded boundaries of your property. If there is still a property line dispute between you and your neighbor, your county assessor can survey the land and compare the finding to the recorded deed and survey.

There are a number of ways to go about a property line dispute. However, if you're a homeowner dealing with stubborn neighbors who are not willing to cooperate, it may be time for you to look into getting legal advice.

If you are contemplating legal action, contact the attorneys at Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP to set up your free consultation today. Our Austin business & litigation attorneys can offer legal advice regarding your real estate dispute.