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Solving a California boundary dispute in 3 steps

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2022 | Real Estate Law

If you are a property owner, then you should be aware of the possibility of a boundary dispute. When two or more people own adjacent properties, it can often be difficult to determine where the property line actually falls. This can lead to disputes over who owns what and how much land each person is entitled to. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to take action quickly.

Try to reach an agreement with the other property owner through negotiation

This is often the best solution as it can avoid a lengthy and expensive legal battle. Reach out to the other property owner and try to agree on where the boundary line should be. If you can reach an agreement, which you should both sign, then you can have it legally binding by having a surveyor draw up a new property map.

Commission a boundary survey

If you are unable to reach an agreement with the other residential real estate owner, then your next course of action should be to commission a boundary survey. This will involve hiring a professional surveyor to come and take measurements of the property in question. Once the survey is complete, you will have a better idea of where the boundary line actually falls.

Go to court

If all else fails, then you may have to take the matter to court. This is usually a last resort as it can be expensive and time-consuming. Just remember that you will need to prepare a strong case and present evidence to support your claim. Among other things, you’ll need to have a boundary survey conducted to support your case and get your property documents, including your deed, in order.

Boundary disputes often seem like daunting tasks to take on, but with the right information, you can handle it. Just remember to stay calm, be prepared and take action quickly. If you do find yourself in a dispute, following these steps will help ensure that you can reach a resolution.