Neighbors put bushes and landscaping several feet onto my property
June 30, 2014 10:54 AM Subscribe
My neighbors, who are renters, have put lilac bushes, flowers, and landscaping several feet into my property. I've nothing against flowers and landscaping, but I would not have chosen to add this to my land in this particular configuration, and I am concerned about the idea of encroachment on my lot. How should I respond?
posted by scrowdid to Law & Government (20 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I live in Michigan, in the city of Grand Rapids specifically. My lawn includes a concrete path about 4 feet in from the boundary line that could appear as a visual 'border', but in actuality, according to my (admittedly marked NOT A SURVEY) Lot Description Report Diagram my land goes an additional 4 feet or so past that sidewalk.
The neighbor in question has a bit of a history of being difficult to deal with, and though I haven't had any particular problems with him, I'm not too eager to confront him. The actual owners of the property are on public record as having their mailing address at the property in question, but they don't live there, unless they live secretly in the basement or something -- that place has been a two-unit rental that's turned over quite a few times in the six years I've lived here.
Some friends advised me to get a survey, but I've heard that's around $400 and that's gonna put a big dent in a tight wallet right now. At the same time, I wouldn't want an 'easement' (which I've been reading about) to end up established here because I can't shell out for a survey. Has anyone experienced anything like this before? Suggestions?