Drawing Lines in the Sand
August 19, 2012 10:18 AM Subscribe
My neighbor built her fence on my property. Many many years ago. Is it too late to do anything about it?
posted by shipbreaker to home & garden (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Many years ago, in the nineties I think, my neighbor built a fence eight inches on our side of the property line. I believe the debate at the time between neighbor and my grandparents was, if neighbor was gonna have to pay for the entire fence herself, she was damn well gonna take a little extra real estate for herself at the same time.
As a grandchild I remember this coming up over, and over, and over, as a sore point between my grandparents and the neighbor.
Since that time, my grandparents have died, my neighbor has died, I have inherited the house, and a construction crew is coming by this week to demolish my neighbor's house.
I don't so much mind having the fence up, and I don't so much mind losing a measly eight inches for the privilege, and I have informed the architects/designers/builders of the new house of the situation. My only concern is that they are going to build the new house TOO CLOSE to mine, while disregarding this ages-old Eight-Inch dilemma.
So, have I technically lost and/or thrown away eight inches of my own property if I don't fight this, now, __before__ the permits get through at City Hall and the new home is built?
Also, do I have the right to tear down the fence at any time, since it was built on "my" property? Or, did I give up those rights long ago after some seven-year period since the fence was built?