Purchasing land or real estate can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. A fence may seem like a simple boundary between properties, but what happens when a neighboring landowner accuses you of building on his land?
Boundary disputes happen, but you can avoid these unnecessary mistakes that may worsen the conflict.
1. Making changes to any uncertain land
Before clearing out brush, cutting down a tree, updating fencing or building a new structure, it is important to know your exact property line and to understand Texas fence laws. Guidelines exist to regulate landowners’ responsibilities with maintaining residential boundaries, open and closed range livestock areas, and other commercial operations and maintenance. Keep in mind that some landscape work may require you to cross boundaries to complete.
2. Fighting with neighbors
Marching angrily toward your neighbor’s front door while yelling, “Don’t touch my land!” might not lead to a positive response. Even if you disagree on the boundary location, you should address them with respect. Put yourself in their shoes; if your neighbors had a dispute with you, wouldn’t you want to find a solution without high tensions and raised voices? A productive, collaborative approach is key.
3. Omitting your research
When you purchased your land or your home, did you pay attention to the acreage or square footage listed with the property? Did you walk the property line yourself, or do you have a map from your local zoning department showing the precise land division? It is helpful to first build a foundation of knowledge before making assumptions about the land in question.
Although a fence provides a sturdy border for your property, it can become a source of conflict between neighbors if one or both parties did not complete their homework. You are likely better equipped to manage a dispute with accurate information and neighborly cooperation.