Types of Real Estate Boundary Disputes in Pennsylvania
November 11, 2012


Disputes between neighbors over property lines are all too common, and can be especially problematic when buying or selling land. Common examples of land disputes include:

  • Encroachments crossing over your property line. For example, building a shed that crosses on to your property.
  • Improvements, or additions to a neighboring structure that are incompatible with the use and enjoyment of the adjacent property. For example, building something that interferes with your view of a beautiful lake.
  • Incompatible uses of neighboring land or nuisance. For example, turning a home into a business with visitors coming and going all hours of the day and night.

How do attorneys resolve property boundary disputes in Pennsylvania?

  • The first step to dealing with a property dispute is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. It is crucial that you understand exactly what you are buying when you purchase property. A title survey can be extremely valuable so you can have a full appreciation of what you are purchasing.
  • Once a dispute occurs, sometimes an accurate land survey can show both parties where one person’s land begins and another ends.  If reasonable minds can accept the survey, the facts can frequently end the behavior on the part of the violating party.
  • When a survey cannot fix the problem, Pennsylvania has numerous state and local laws that can be of great assistance in determining who has the right to do what.