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Know your rights during a property dispute

One unusual dispute you may never have thought you'd have is over landscaping. If you landscape on your own property, you likely don't think others have a right to tell you what you can and can't do, as long as you have a landscape that is reasonable and well-kept.

One thing you will need to be cautious of are property boundaries, though. If you do not know the exact boundary, it's a wise idea to talk to someone about having it surveyed. You don't want to find out that a row of expensive plants you put in has encroached on the neighbor's land; if so, he or she could opt to rip them out.

Who determines the property boundaries?

In some cases, you and your neighbors can determine the property boundaries on your own. For instance, if you have no real dividing line on the property, you might just have a general feel for where the boundary is and attempt to stay within that boundary and on your property. The only trouble with that is if a neighbor begins to push further and further out, encroaching too far onto the property for your comfort.

What if a neighbor doesn't like my landscaping?

It depends on if the landscaping causes your neighbor any harm. For example, if you plant a row of trees that blocks a scenic view, your neighbor may have a point in asking you to remove them. It comes down to the situation, which is why getting legal advice is a good plan.

Our site has more information on property boundaries and real estate disputes. Knowing your rights makes a difference.

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