Boundary Dispute

When do boundary disputes happen?

Boundary Dispute Survey

Sometimes property line disputes can arise between neighbors. This is usually because both parties think that they have the right to a piece of land. A boundary dispute typically starts when one neighbor puts up a physical object, such as a wall or fence, on land that the other neighbor thinks is theirs.

Normally you don’t know the exact boundary of your property. You may have a general idea, but it’s hard to pinpoint the exact line between your property and the adjacent one. This can sometimes lead to major problems between neighbors.

What do you do when you have a boundary dispute with a neighbor?

Sometimes the best way to handle a boundary dispute is to avoid it in the first place. If you are planning on building any kind of structure on your property that could even possibly cross the boundary line, it is advisable to get a land survey from a certified professional before starting construction.

When records are not clear, one option to settle the dispute is for both neighbors to agree on a physical object (such as a fence) that will serve as the boundary line between their properties. In order for this to be legally acceptable, both parties will need to sign a quitclaim deed, stating that the physical object is the agreed line.

By getting information from the County Register and checking the title deed, you should have some idea of where your property line ends. However, even when you have access to such information, it is sometimes pretty vague on the exact boundaries of the property. In this instance, it is in your best interest to hire a professional land surveyor to determine the property corners and lines and supply you with a plat (drawing of your property).

When all else fails, you don’t have any other option than to go to court. In this case, you will need a legal expert witness to back up your claims. The legal expert witness will do a property survey, complete a thorough analysis of deeds and land registries, and will review the physical features of the property. They will then testify in court where they believe the property line lies.

What are my next steps?

The good news is that we can help. Our surveys will answer questions to the satisfaction of you and your neighbor. Normally the problem is one of simple misunderstanding. We can help to clear that up. And don’t feel like you are the first - almost 20% of our surveys involve some type of dispute.

If you are in the middle of a boundary dispute or just need a property survey, call the professionals at Global Surveying. We are local surveyors with global expertise, serving all 95 counties in Tennessee. Contact us today, and we will schedule a consultation to go over how we can help your unique situation.