A common problem between neighbors involves land line disputes. If you are facing a boundary issue with a neighbor, you need to have a basic understanding of how to resolve land line disputes. The reality is that most people do not fully understand the proper course to take to settle boundary issues. Consequently, many situations involving the actual location of a property boundary become extremely contentious and are not readily resolved.
Obtain from the country register of deeds the title to your real estate and to that of your neighbor. The titles to these parcels of property provide basic legal information about the boundaries of your property. However, you need to understand that the property description potentially is inaccurately recorded on the deed. Therefore, this is not the only document to rely upon in determining property boundaries to resolve a land line dispute.
Locate a property plat for your neighborhood if one is available. If you live in an older part of your community, locating a plat may be difficult if not impossible. The first place to check for a plat is the county register of deeds. If you life in a new development, the developer responsible for the construction of the homes in the area may have a property plat available for you to review.
Share the information you derive from the titles to both parcels of property and the plat with your neighbor. In some cases, this legal information is sufficient to resolve land line disputes. In some cases, further action is necessary.
Engage the services of a professional real estate surveyor. Working from the legal documents you obtained, the surveyor will physically examine the parcels of property. Through her surveying efforts, the actual property line is identified.
- "Real Estate Law, Sixth Edition;" James Karp & Elliott Klayman; 2005
- American Bar Association: Section of Real Estate
- "Practical Real Estate Law;" Daniel F. Hinkel; 2007