Neighbor Put a Fence on My Property! Can I Remove It? How To Resolve the Issue ASAP!
“Neighbor put a fence on my property. Can I remove it?” Many people face this problem and wonder the same! Read this article to find out more about a neighbor encroaching on your property and learn some useful tips for resolving this issue amicably.
Encroachment happens when your neighbor builds a fence on your property or extends an installation over the property line, whether intentionally or by accident. To successfully deal with this issue, first, you have to make sure that the encroachment is happening. Take a look at the following table to learn how to determine whether the land that the neighbor built a fence on is yours:
|Survey||When you get a survey, a licensed surveyor will detect the physical boundary between your and your neighbor’s property. They will perform the survey based on the legal description of the property in your deed|
|Appraisal||The appraisal will determine the market value of the piece of property in question. Knowing the market value of the encroached land could help you during negotiations with your neighbor|
|Title search||Before taking any further steps, you should carry out a full title search. Doing a title search will help you make sure there were no easements or deeds from previous owners, meaning that they didn’t strike any deals with the neighbor concerning that or any other part of the property|
Once you determine that the neighbor’s fence is on your land, it’s time to do something about it. Strategies that might work the best include:
- Discussing the matter with the neighbor—The best way of dealing with any neighbor-related issue is talking to them. They might not be aware that the fence they built is on your property. Even if they put it there intentionally, it is easier and cheaper to discuss the problem in person than hire lawyers and go to court
- Checking the permit for building the fence—In some states, property owners are obligated to acquire a permit for building a fence. This permit should state where they can and cannot build the fence. Sometimes, the permit also requires the owner not to put the fence close to the property border to prevent issues like these. If your neighbor’s permit says something like that—especially if it specifies the location of the fence—you can use it as an argument when negotiating or in court
- Selling the land to the neighbor—This is where the appraisal of the encroached property comes in handy! You can simply sell that part of the property to your neighbor, thus preventing further disagreements and potential lawsuits. This way, you’ll get compensation for your part of the land, and they won’t have to remove the fence
- Seeking mediation—If talking with the neighbor didn’t work out and you don’t want to spend money on attorneys to go to court, there is another option. Most states have mediation services that deal with these situations. This option is less costly than hiring attorneys and less serious than taking your neighbor to court
Yes, you can remove the neighbor's fence that’s on your property, but it’s not the best idea. Consequences of tearing down the neighbor’s fence on your own include:
- Not getting compensation for the removal
- Causing permanent damage to your property
- Risking potential violent behavior from your neighbor
Additionally, if you don’t have a court order, your neighbor can just put the fence back.
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