Boundary disputes can quickly become a problem between neighbors, so it's important to resolve them as quickly as possible. While it's possible that you may have to go to court to resolve your claims or the claims your neighbor has made, you may also benefit from mediation or negotiating through your attorneys.
One way that you can put a boundary dispute to rest is by having a property survey. A survey shows where your land starts and ends, and it can solidify property lines as provided by documents from the state. Your deed may also have information on your property line, so both you and your neighbor should provide your deeds and previous survey information to the person performing the survey.
Another issue you could run into is with a term called adverse possession. This term means that someone has been using property for a number of years and has never been asked to stop. Even if someone else owns that property, if the right terms are met, the other person may have a right to continue doing so based on state laws regarding adverse possession. If you previously gave the person permission to use the property, then adverse possession can't be claimed.
Our website has more information what to do if you find yourself in the center of a boundary dispute in New York City. New York is known for having a small amount of land, and every foot does matter. You can make sure that your property is protected; you have the right to do so and can with the right help.