A boundary dispute involving neighbors sounds like a minor property issue. Sometimes, this is the case, and landowners can resolve disputes relatively quickly.
Other times, however, even a tiny conflict can set the stage for an all-out war between neighbors, with each battle worsening the situation. Resolving the matter early on may spare you from property line disputes that have the potential to become horror stories.
Resolve it privately
You may be able to resolve the matter privately by taking your complaint to the owner of the neighboring property. If they disagree with you, suggest that you both have your properties surveyed to determine the boundary line. Waiting until you and your neighbor are upset enough to argue over the property line is typically too late for this approach to work.
Try alternative dispute resolution
When talking it out fails, many move on to alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation or arbitration. While these methods do not involve litigation, their outcomes are legally binding. Consider discussing your story with a legal representative to determine if ADR is the best way to proceed with your case.
Unfortunately, ADR can fail, leaving you without a solution for your property line problem. At this point, many New Yorkers engage a law firm to begin negotiating with the other party (when they agree) to resolve the dispute. Often, all involved parties can find a mutually acceptable remedy through negotiations.
If that approach fails, real estate litigation may be in order.