Understanding property line laws in New York

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2018 | Real Estate Disputes

When you purchase a property in the state of New York, there will be clear boundary lines between your property and your neighbor’s property. Even the smallest impediment on these lines can put your property is at a disadvantage.

Addressing property issues with your neighbor can be uncomfortable, and many people try to avoid creating a conflict. However, the value of your home and the enjoyment of your property can be severely limited if your neighbor oversteps their legal rights.

How does the law work when it comes to fence and property line laws in New York?

Fences are a “no mans land” in many respects according to New York law. The responsibility of each neighbor to maintain the fence is not explicitly clear. However, the fence should be maintained, and neighbors should respect the boundaries of their property. If there is no fence to indicate the boundary line, a neighbor might accidentally build a structure, such as a shed, partly on your property. If this occurs, you will likely be able to take legal action if your neighbor refuses your reasonable request to amend the situation.

Should my neighbor trim their trees if they grow onto my property?

If a tree extends onto your property, you have the legal right to trim the branches that extend onto your land. However, you are not allowed to trespass onto your neighbors property or cause actual damage to the tree. Nor can you force your neighbor to trim the tree.

If you are concerned about a property dispute with your neighbor in the state of New York, it is important that you understand the law fully before you try to take action.