Property boundaries, or property lines, are the physical boundary where one property ends and another begins. As properties are purchased and sold over time, boundaries can get muddied, leaving owners confused about where the property lines actually are. Land development makes this even more difficult.
Here’s what you should know about property line disputes in New York and how to get help asserting your right to the ownership of your property.
What Is a Boundary Line Dispute?
A boundary line dispute is a disagreement about where a property starts and ends in relation to where another property starts and ends. For example, one property owner may say that the boundary extends an additional acre to the East, however, the other property owner may disagree entirely or say that it’s only half an acre.
Regardless of the specifics of a boundary dispute, each party usually believes they have the right to more land than the other and that the property line is farther towards their neighbor.
Steps You Can Take
If you find yourself embroiled in a property line dispute, you can take a few initial steps yourself to attempt to resolve the situation, such as:
- Identify the problem and your ideal resolution
- Discuss the issue with your neighbor and see if you can reach an agreement or compromise
- Check your title insurance policy to find out if it covers legal representation in the event of a boundary dispute
- Involve an experienced New York real estate litigation attorney as soon as possible
How a Lawyer Can Help
An attorney can assist you with:
- Having your property surveyed
- Analyzing your deed
- Changing the legal descriptions of property you own to describe their current use
- Determining the legality of developing your property in accordance with zoning and permit regulations
- Assessing the legal implications of your property development on nearby properties
- Asserting your rights in the event of a trespass or property use interference
If you are unable to reach an agreement with your neighbor fairly quickly and easily, don’t hesitate to reach out to an attorney for a consultation. In many cases, boundary disputes are too complex to manage on your own, even if you and your neighbor are agreeable.
Contact Finestein & Malloy, LLC Today
If you or your business is involved in a property line dispute, don’t hesitate to obtain immediate legal representation. It’s critical that you have experienced legal assistance to defend your rights to your property and secure its proper ownership.
Call today for your initial consultation at 973.635.4500.