Real estate can be a complicated legal matter in the state of North Carolina. Real estate disputes, for one, can become quite heated. This is certainly the case for boundary disputes when two pieces of property are situated against each other. How such a dispute will be settled really depends on the particular circumstances of the case.
The first step to protecting your property rights in a boundary dispute should always be to determine what the actual boundaries are. There are multiple strategies for doing so. These include:
Solving this problem is important. While it is possible that your neighbor is wrong about your property lines, you could also be mistaken. Clearing up the issue with evidence may help resolve the dispute entirely. If your neighbor is still obstinate, it’s still good evidence to have for the legal dispute.
There are also other North Carolina real estate laws you need to consider that can come into play in different kinds of property disputes. For one, you can build only on your own property. If you are erecting a fence, you should be aware of what the true boundary lines are. You may also need a permit to build that fence. There are also other issues you could run into. For example, cutting down trees that are not within your property lines is clearly illegal and can result in stiff penalties.
Overall, it’s always wise to be aware of your boundary lines and have the evidence to back them up. Doing so will help you more easily maneuver through real estate disputes with your neighbors or even in disputes with real estate agents and sellers who gave you incorrect information when they sold you your property.