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Old 03-21-2018, 08:11 AM
 
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We have a large lot with a house. Been there since 2003. 4 neighbors border our property. i noticed this last weekend that two of those neighbors are using part of our property for their own! Part of of lot is wooded and we (spouse and I) noticed that some of the smaller trees where gone. We walked back there and saw that they had cut some of the small trees down, make a dirt trail through the woods (neighbors kid has a dirt bike) and they had some items on our land (wheel barrow, rakes) The other neighbor put up a shed and part of it is on our land and they extended their back yard to include part of our land as well. I don't want to make enemies of these people (have never talked to them) but I also am angry that they just take advantage like that. We had not noticed this until now because of the trees, bushes and other foliage. How do we handle this delicately? We do have one metal post that we put on the southwest corner of the back of the property but apparently that neighbor did not care to take that into consideration when they went chopping trees down.....Arghhhhhh
I'd contact both neighbors, listing the infringement issues and I'd give them 30 days to move the shed. And I'd charge the couple that damaged your lot a monetary amount. Then I'd put up a barrier fence.

And, 14 years of neglecting to even check your property is surprising. Hope that you change that habit.
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Old 03-21-2018, 08:28 AM
 
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I'd contact both neighbors, listing the infringement issues and I'd give them 30 days to move the shed. And I'd charge the couple that damaged your lot a monetary amount. Then I'd put up a barrier fence.

And, 14 years of neglecting to even check your property is surprising. Hope that you change that habit.
Did they really not check for 14 years or did this all happen fairly recently? We had only 6 acres in Jersey, and my dad would regularly roam the woods, but the brush was so thick, he couldn't have gotten to a lot of spots on the property.
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Just say you tought there was a dangerous animal damaging your garden.

Problem solved.
This literally made me laugh out loud!! I'm with you!
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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Get a survey and install a Good Neighbor Fence.
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Old 03-21-2018, 09:55 AM
 
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Get a survey and install a Good Neighbor Fence.
And if that doesn't work, install a Bad Neighbor Fence.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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No need to get all huffy. Drop by and let them know they are encroaching on your land and you do not appreciate it. If they don't understand property rights, that is tough beans but not uncommon. You can discuss liabilities all you want, but if they are hardheaded about it you will get nowhere until a letter from a lawyer.
My two neighbors and I trespass on each other's property on a regular basis, but it is by mutual agreement over time.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Athol, Idaho
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I wouldn't be delicate about it at all.

They know where their own property lines are, so they know when they're on someone else's property. Put up "no trespassing" signs, and if they continue to use your property, call and report them. I had to do that with our neighbors, as they were turning our property into their own recreational playground. If I never said anything, they'd still be doing it.

Put your foot down.
I wouldn't assume they know. I've seen more than one case where a neighbor didn't.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Athol, Idaho
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Good points. One of our neighbors marked the edge of his property by cutting a 10 inch swath through the bushes, small trees and thick underbrush. It was a quarter mile long and straight as an arrow, Even few years he went back through to "touch it up". There was no way that someone could "accidently" cross that boundary and not realize it.

Please make sure that you have permanent boundary markers (at least at the corners). We have heard of people actually moving wooden surveyor stakes to make their side bigger.

Good luck.

BTW, who "accidently" builds a shed on someone else's property? Sheesh. I bet that they knew it was your land and they were hoping that you never noticed.
It happens. We owned an investment once where not only was the neighbor mistaken about where the property lines were but a big corner of a shed was on the property we owned.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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We have a large lot with a house. Been there since 2003. 4 neighbors border our property. i noticed this last weekend that two of those neighbors are using part of our property for their own! Part of of lot is wooded and we (spouse and I) noticed that some of the smaller trees where gone. We walked back there and saw that they had cut some of the small trees down, make a dirt trail through the woods (neighbors kid has a dirt bike) and they had some items on our land (wheel barrow, rakes) The other neighbor put up a shed and part of it is on our land and they extended their back yard to include part of our land as well. I don't want to make enemies of these people (have never talked to them) but I also am angry that they just take advantage like that. We had not noticed this until now because of the trees, bushes and other foliage. How do we handle this delicately? We do have one metal post that we put on the southwest corner of the back of the property but apparently that neighbor did not care to take that into consideration when they went chopping trees down.....Arghhhhhh
Purchase some stakes and some Private Property / No trespassing signs and go to town with them. I purchased my 5 acres up North in 2015 and I must have over 20 signs all over the place letting people know to keep out! Wasn't too worried about upsetting the neighbors either. It's about mutual respect, "this is mine, that's yours." Turns out, my neighbors are wonderful! Put a notice on that shed that it's encroaching on your property and they need to move it a certain amount of feet over to their property.

Good luck with everything and take back what's yours!

hatethewinter
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Old 03-21-2018, 12:59 PM
 
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If you continue to let them use the ppty those parts could be given up to them by adverse possession. Check the laws in your area. Most have a ten year usage requirement. You also are liable for anything that happens in those areas they are using/occupying.
You should install survey stakes around your ppty and point them out to the neighbors that they are encroaching/trespassing on your ppty.; If you do nothing now you may face some serious and expensive issues in the future. Also check with your city/county inspector and follow their advice.
Yes, this is a very real problem. There was a big, nasty case in Boulder, Colorado where these people stole the neighbors land by using it, and the courts backed them up. Talk to a lawyer, get it surveyed, put up a fence or you may lose your land. Don't wait as there is a time limit involved.

https://www.denverpost.com/2007/11/1...wrongly-taken/

https://www.denverpost.com/2007/11/2...ses-no-rarity/
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