What happens when there’s a dispute over property boundaries?

When you purchase a piece of property in Tennessee, you probably have big plans for what you hope to do with the property. Maybe you just purchased a home for your family, or maybe you bought property on which you hope to construct your dream home. As the owner, it’s important to know as much as you can about your property, including where the boundary lines are.

You may think you know where your property ends and your neighbor’s begins, but boundary disputes arise all the time. Whether you want to erect a fence or your neighbor wants to build an addition to his or her home, it’s in your interests to resolve these types of disputes in a timely manner. You have the right to fight to protect your property interests.

Ways to solve boundary line disputes

If you find yourself in a dispute over boundary lines, this is more that just an inconvenience. These types of situations can eventually lead to litigation, time, money and a significant amount of stress. It may be in your interests to first seek an out-of-court solution to a dispute through one of the following steps:

  • Have a survey of your property done. If you did not have one done when you bought the property, a new one can help you see with certainty exactly where the boundary lines are.
  • Of course, it may be possible for you and your neighbor to come to an agreement on where the boundary lines should be. A negotiated agreement can be simpler, less expensive and better for neighborly relations.
  • If these options don’t work, you may want to consider a quiet title lawsuit. This is a claim that goes before a court, allowing a judge to review documentation and rule on the location of the property lines.

Before you agree to anything or move forward with any specific course of legal action, you will find it beneficial to speak with an experienced legal advocate regarding your options.

Protect your investment

It is a significant financial investment to buy property in Tennessee. You chose your land or home for a specific reason, and a boundary line dispute can seem like a threat to all you have planned. If you are in a disagreement with your neighbor over property line issues or you simply want to know how to protect your rights, you may want to start with a thorough assessment of your case.

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