Do I Need an Attorney For Boundary Line Disputes in Virginia

Posted by: Copenhaver, Ellet & Derrico

The right to your own property is one of the oldest rights established in the United States. Naturally, this means boundary line disputes are some of the oldest legal issues in the country. It’s only natural that you would want to preserve your property, and you would like to believe that people will behave reasonably. Sadly, sometimes this is not the case. Sometimes you just won’t be able to come to a resolution on your own, and need to seek legal help. Furthermore, real estate and property law have grown and changed over the years. If you want to know what options the law affords you, seeking legal counsel can be helpful.

Since 1964, Copenhaver, Ellett, and Derrico has been offering experienced real estate legal advice. If you need help regarding a boundary line dispute in Virginia, our dedicated Roanoke real estate  attorneys can assist you. We offer free initial consultations. Reach out online or call (540) 655-1854 today to see how we can help you.

What is a Boundary Line Dispute?

A boundary line dispute is a disagreement as to where your property ends and your neighbor’s property begins. These issues can arise in various ways, but some common origins of boundary line disagreements are listed here:

Shared Driveways/Parking

A shared parking area can easily turn into a fight about whose property is allowed to go where. Your neighbor may consistently inch their car closer to your area. They may even use the area for storage, leaving clutter in the space meant for your vehicle. Disputes over common parking ground may be difficult to resolve without a detailed understanding of your deed, property lines, and property law.

Living Adjacent to Public/City-Owned Property

If your property is next to land that is owned by the city, or a public agency, disputes over the property line can lead to all sorts of confusions. Many counties and municipalities govern public and private property differently. If you don’t know where your property ends and the public property begins, you’ll face potential restrictions when caring for your property. City ordinances may prevent you from planting particular pants, putting out lawn furniture, even from curating your lawn in certain ways. When resolving any issues with municipal or public spaces, familiarity with both real estate law, as well as local statutes, goes a long way.

Property Line Fences

Virginia has myriad laws addressing the erection and upkeep of boundary fences, or fences that are on our near the line between two properties. Title 55 of the Virginia Code states that you must share the expenses of building and maintaining a boundary fence with your neighbor, unless the two of you mutually agree otherwise. If your neighbor wants to build a fence, and you do not, you may insist that they build and care for it without your assistance. If you choose to do this, however, this may result in the alteration of boundaries between what is your property and theirs over time. This opens you up to a variety of other legal issues regarding access and upkeep of your land. Cases like this contain lots of variables, and are almost impossible to sort through without the proper knowledge.

Get the Help You Need Settling Your Property Dispute

For help understanding the dense, complex maze that is real estate law in Virginia, there is no better option than Copenhaver, Ellet, & Derrico. Our attorneys have the knowledge and dedication to ensure your boundary disputes get resolved. Contact us online, or call (540) 655-1854 today for your free initial consultation.