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How can you draw the line under a boundary dispute?
November 29, 2021
Boundary disputes can soon scale out of control. They can do so on a macro or micro scale, from two countries fighting over a borderline, to gangs defining the limits of their territory, to a robin in your garden declaring what it will do to any other bird that comes past the birdbath.
Yet when it comes to a boundary dispute with your neighbor, the last thing you need is a battle. After all, you have to co-exist with them, possibly for years to come.
The best time to resolve boundary issues is before you buy a piece of real estate. Carrying out adequate research should highlight any problems. You can then ask the seller to remedy them before you proceed.
How can you solve boundary issues with a property you already own?
If issues arise with a property that is already yours, the first thing to do is find out what California law says about the matter. State code has sections covering everything from who can cut a boundary-line tree to what conditions must apply for someone to
take legal possession
of a piece of land that is not theirs.
understand your property rights
, you need to look at how far you are willing to go to enforce them. There are various legal options available, some less conflictive than others. You need to weigh up what is best for your situation. For instance, if your neighbor is trying to advance ten meters onto your city plot, there is a lot at stake. Yet something as simple as quiet title action may be enough to clarify who is correct and end the matter. If, however they persist, you may need to pursue stronger measures.