While it is often said that you can’t choose your family, the same usually holds true for your neighbors. It is not uncommon for neighbors to not like how the other is using his or her property or to have disputes about issues regarding boundaries and easements. In many of these situations, feuding neighbors choose to live with a simmering dispute for years – in others, they actively antagonize each other in a way that may or may not be within their bounds as property owners.
Disputes between neighbors can be difficult to resolve, particularly if there is personal animosity between them. Some of the more common real estate disputes that arise between neighbors include the following:
- The scope of an easement
- Trees, fencing, or other issues that obstruct a scenic view
- Noise complaints
- Issues with commercial activity on residential property
- Smoke, fire, or odor complaints
- Issues regarding property boundaries
- Water rights
- Disputes regarding the setback of structures
As a property owner, things that your neighbor can do may have a significant impact on your ability to enjoy your property and its value. For this reason, it is important to settle disputes as favorably as possible and in a way that can avoid issues arising in the future.
Fortunately, an attorney can be of significant help in achieving these goals. Importantly, hiring an attorney does not necessarily mean that you are going to trial – often, a mere letter on law firm letterhead is enough to resolve a dispute between neighbors. In other cases, negotiation may be involved, but those negotiations are often better conducted by a disinterested party rather than yourself. Finally, if you do need to go to court to resolve your dispute, it is highly advisable to do so with the assistance of a lawyer who is familiar with real estate law in your jurisdiction.
Call a St. Louis Real Estate Dispute Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
If you are involved in a dispute with a neighbor regarding a matter related to real estate, you should contact an attorney immediately. Real estate is a highly specialized area of law, so it is important for those involved in a real estate dispute to retain an attorney familiar with it. To schedule a free consultation with a St. Louis real estate lawyer, call the Law Offices of Kenneth Carp today at 636-947-3600 or contact us online.