Tips for talking to your neighbor about a fence on your property

On Behalf of | Aug 25, 2021 | Real Estate Law |

Your neighbor thought that they built their fence on their own property, but they didn’t bother to have an official survey done. You’re pretty sure that they actually built it on your property. 

While you don’t want to start a long-term disagreement with your neighbor, you do want them to move the fence. You’re paying your mortgage every month for land that you can no longer use, and it decreases the value of your property. How do you do it? These tips can help:

Be sure you’re right about the boundaries

First off, consult your official property records or consider having a survey done yourself. You need to be right about something like this. Ideally, you only want to bring it up when you’re sure that you’re correct. 

Get the right documentation ready

Even if you’re right, there is always a chance your neighbor isn’t going to believe you or is going to dispute your claim. Have the right documentation to back up your claims so that you can refer to your documents if needed. 

Give them the benefit of the doubt

Assume that your neighbor made an innocent mistake and that they’ll be willing to correct it. Talk to them calmly and kindly to discuss a solution. Many times, people are open to simply moving a fence and apologizing for their error if you bring it up the right way. The situation doesn’t have to be contentious. 

That said, if your neighbor refuses to change the fence and if it does grow contentious, then you need to know what legal options you have. If the fence is on your land, the situation can be rectified.