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What are boundary disputes?

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2022 | Real Estate

Neighbors in Minnesota frequently manage to get along without issue. Some opt to become friends, while others choose to keep to themselves. 

Unfortunately, there are occasions where neighbors simply cannot get along. The reasons for this can vary, but they often relate to disputes over property. One of the more common disputes in real estate is boundary disputes. Essentially, this type of disagreement amounts to an argument over where one person’s property legally begins and ends. Outlined below are some of the more common types of boundary disputes. 

Disputes over access 

Many properties have their own front entrances, private garden areas and access roads. Nonetheless, a lot of places are designed in a way that means access has to be shared. For example, a shared road may be the only way for one owner to reach their driveway. Some property owners are only able to reach their own garden space by having an access route through another person’s land. Such arrangements often work out with a mutual understanding, but when conflict does arise, parties to the dispute will have to dig out the property records that give an accurate account of each person’s legal rights. 

Property lines 

A buyer may have purchased a house with the purpose of renovating the property and improving its condition. Part of this process could involve landscaping, putting up fences or building extensions. A neighbor might object to such developments and claim that renovations have encroached onto their land. This is one of the more common boundary disputes and it is important that all property owners are aware of their rights before committing to expensive projects.   

As an owner of real estate in Minnesota, you have a host of legal rights. If you are involved in a dispute with a neighbor, there are a number of options open to you to get the matter resolved.

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