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How can you effectively resolve a boundary dispute?

When two neighboring property owners are in conflict over a property line, it can be costly and stressful for all involved. If you find yourself involved in a dispute over a boundary line, it is within your interests as a Florida property owner to seek a beneficial resolution in a timely manner. You can take certain steps to address this issue once and for all.

Where your property begins and your neighbor's ends may not seem like a big deal until your neighbor wants to build a pool or you want to put a storage shed on the edge of your property. Knowing where the lines are can help you avoid issues and allow you to protect your rights as a landowner. In some cases, it is necessary for a person to seek legal help when working to resolve a boundary line dispute.

Legal ways to address property line disputes

There are times when a dispute between neighbors can reach a beneficial and practical resolution through discussions and negotiations. Litigation is not always necessary, and it can be most cost-effective to resolve the issue in a more personal manner. However, if these efforts are not successful, there are other legal steps you can take. Some of your legal options can include:

  • You can pay to have a new survey of your property This will typically answer any questions you may have regarding where the boundary lines are. This is an appropriate step if it has been awhile since the last property survey.
  • There are situations during which it is appropriate for you to seek a quiet title lawsuit. With this option, you will present your case to a judge, and he or she will make a final ruling regarding the property lines.

If you are able to reach a final resolution out of court, it is beneficial to have your agreement formally drafted. By having the right paperwork, you can avoid continued issues in the future.

Your right to protect your property interests

No matter what option you choose to resolve your boundary line dispute, you will find it beneficial to consider all of your options and move forward with the most appropriate option for your individual situation. A careful review of your unique situation can help you make the right choice. Before you negotiate an agreement or move forward with legal recourse, you may find it helpful to seek the guidance of an experienced legal professional.

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