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How do you deal with a Neighbour dispute over boundaries?

If you know where the boundary is and you don’t need to follow the process for party walls, the best approach is to talk to your neighbour. Talk to them face to face if you can – make a note of what you agreed. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to them, write to them or ask someone to contact them for you.

Can boundaries be disputed?

A boundary dispute is a disagreement between people who own adjoining real estate on where exactly one property ends and the other begins. Or, it can be a disagreement over how one party is legally allowed to use land when neither will ever agree on who owns it.

Does my Neighbour have to pay for half the fence NZ?

If you want to build a fence between your property and your neighbour’s, or do up an existing fence, your neighbour should usually pay half the costs.

Can a Neighbour remove a boundary fence?

If it belongs to your neighbour, they are entirely within their rights to do whatever they wish with said fence. If, however, you are the fence owner, then nobody aside from yourself has the right to do anything whatsoever to your fence without your permission.

How do you solve boundary disputes?

  1. Methods for resolving disputes.
  2. Consider the cost effectiveness of the resolution method.
  3. Amicably negotiating with your neighbour.
  4. Amicable use of expert advice.
  5. Resolution using solicitors.
  7. ADR – Mediation.
  8. ADR – Expert Determination.

Who owns a boundary fence NZ?

Fences must be on the boundary line, though there is provision for give and take where the true boundary is difficult to fence. The cost of building or repairing a fence is borne equally between adjoining owners, unless one owner damages it, in which case the cost of repairs will fall on that owner.

What are the major reasons for boundary disputes?

Territorial disputes are often related to the possession of natural resources such as rivers, fertile farmland, mineral or petroleum resources although the disputes can also be driven by culture, religion, and ethnic nationalism.

Is there a time limit on boundary disputes?

Boundaries Disputes It is notoriously difficult to establish the exact location of a boundary. If all else fails, and you decide to take legal action about the boundary, please note that there is normally a strict time limit of 12 years within which action can be taken.

Who is responsible for a fence between neighbors?

The law places responsibility on both parties because both benefit from the fence. Consequently, when a fence needs repair, both property owners must share the cost. If one party refuses to cooperate, the other party can do any of the following: Write a letter to the neighbor explaining the problem with the fence.

Why are trees a common cause of boundary disputes?

Trees are commonly grown on boundaries as living fences and disputes over trees are a common cause of dispute between neighbours. The process of removal or dispute resolution can be costly and often a factual questions of who is legally liable to pay.

What can cause a dispute between your neighbours?

Disputes between your neighbours Disputes between neighbours can arise over: boundaries and encroachments; fences; nuisance and trespass; animals and noise; use of land or buildings; trees and structures; easements and rights of way; and landlocked land.

When is a boundary not required to be marked?

A boundary point is not required to be marked where the point is common to parcels that are required to be, or as a result of the survey will be required to be, held in common ownership [r 7.1 (a) (iii)]. An example of this is when the parcels are subject to a compulsory amalgamation condition under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Is it legal to interfere with a neighbour’s land?

Interference with a neighbour’s right to enjoy their land can amount to legal nuisance. The law has always been careful to balance one person’s right to enjoy their land with a neighbour’s right to be protected from interference.