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Common Neighbor Disputes:

| Jul 17, 2017 | Uncategorized


For most people, especially living in New York, you have to deal with neighbors on the day-to-day basis. Your neighbors can come from a variety of backgrounds. Their lifestyle might not be the same as yours. This could potentially cause conflict down the line. Understanding typical neighbor disputes can help you when you are in need of legal advice or understand how to avoid the situation.
It is common that neighbors get into disputes over property boundaries. In order to resolve the issue, you are going to want to be informed. There are property surveys done at the time of the purchase that reflects the boundary lines. In order to determine the accurate boundary lines, an updated survey could be ordered. If a survey does not resolve a boundary dispute, the property owner may file a quiet title lawsuit. They can request that the judge determine the boundary line. This is a more expensive method than a survey. It is recommended to get a survey if that is an option that is attainable.
Another option for a boundary dispute is for the owners to agree on some object as a line dividing the property. The owners would then sign a quitclaim deed to the other. This grants the neighbor ownership to any land on the other side of this line.
Another common dispute that neighbors may have is if one neighbor blocks a scenic view. In a situation like this, it all depends on where you live. You may have a few options.
Cities and towns near the ocean, with views of the mountains, or have nice views usually have view ordinances. Many of these laws do not include obstructions other than trees. Usually if a homeowner loses their view due to a neighbor growing tress, they can sue this neighbor. If your city lacks a view ordinance, other homeowners’ association rules could be enforced.
A method to avoid a situation like this is to purchase an easement from your neighbor. This is a written contract granting a nonpossessory interest in another individual’s land.
Another dispute that can happen between neighbors is if there is any damage done to your property due to a neighbor. This can often be from water damage. If a neighbor has altered his property in some way that causes more water to run onto your land than would otherwise, then your neighbor is liable. If you can prove that your neighbor is responsible for this damage, then you may be able to collect damages. Some of these damages include the cost of repairs, cost of staying at a hotel while your home is being fixed, any medical bills that are a result of the damage, and punitive damages if your neighbor was acting maliciously.
Although there are many other neighbor disputes, the final common dispute that will be discussed is noise complaints. In most communities there are laws and ordinances that prohibit excessive noise. There may be certain set times during the day that are general quiet times.
If you need to talk to a neighbor about their noise, it is always the best solution to talk rather than shout at them. You can give them a warning by sending them the local noise ordinances if you need to. Meditation is a method to sit down with your neighbor to hash out the problem. If nothing has worked, you can always resort to calling the cops.
These are just some typical neighbor disputes. Find Law covers a variety of other typical problems, and methods for solving it. Check out the source below for more information! 


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