You Need an Experienced Attorney for A Boundary Dispute Between Neighbors in San Diego

Boundary Dispute Between Neighbors in San Diego - Attorney

As an experienced real estate lawyer I can tell you that one of the most commonly litigated issues in San Diego real estate involves a boundary dispute between neighbors.  Our firm has handled a lot of boundary dispute cases over the years, and many clients are surprised by how legally complex they can be.

Pro-tip: Boundary issues can lead to a forfeiture or rights, the loss of a piece of your property and/or substantial expense.  In these cases it is wisest to consult with an attorney. Protect your home, land, investment and peace of mind.

Many people assume that the lot lines established in a survey are the black and white answer to the question of “did they build that on my property, and can I force them to tear it down?”  California had a long standing legal guideline of “fairness” when it came to resolving property line disputes between neighbors.  If a building or driveway encroached upon a lot line, but removing it or moving it would cause great expense to the offending party and the loss of that portion of land caused minimal loss to the property owner the court might actually side with the offending party.

Originally, many California real estate parcels were based upon “meets and bounds” – “this boulder to that tree to that creek.”  Obviously features change over the years, and as we moved toward present times surveying techniques and the recorded lot lines became much more legally relevant and enforceable.  There are still gray areas within the law regarding a boundary dispute between neighbors especially when a fence, hedge or driveway has been in place for a long time.  There may have been agreements in place with a prior owner, and now the new owner of the property wants that fence to come down.  Who will prevail?

Another common issue is the growth of trees, and the loss of a view.  What happens when the growth of a neighbor’s tree affects the enjoyment of your own property, or blocks a beautiful San Diego canyon or coastal view?  What if the tree is potentially hazardous and could fall on your property?

You Need an Experienced Attorney for A Boundary Dispute Between Neighbors in San Diego or Anywhere in California

Why do you need an experienced attorney for a boundary dispute between neighbors in San Diego or anywhere in California?  The short answer is “money” and “rights.” If you have a boundary dispute between neighbors or a real estate related legal issue with your neighbor you will need an attorney to protect and assert your rights, as well as your land and home.  You’ve made a substantial investment to live in San Diego or California.  We’ll help you to protect that investment.

We invite you to review our podcast Episode 8 – Real Estate Law Overview as well as the strong recommendations of our clients and contact the Watkins Firm or call 858-535-1511 for a complimentary consultation today.  We will discuss your issues and develop a strategy for resolving the issues at hand as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.