What are the laws regarding property lines?


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When it comes to property lines, the law covers issues such as how high fences can go, who should maintain shared fences, and what happens when one party damages a tree on a property line, according to FindLaw. These laws help in settling and avoiding disputes between neighbors.

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What are the laws regarding property lines?
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Different states have different laws regarding property lines. Some of these laws even define what materials can be used when constructing fences, states FindLaw. When one of the neighbors erects a fence between two properties, in most cases dispute arises regarding who is responsible for maintenance of the fence.

Most laws place the responsibility of maintaining the fence on the owner, but exceptions are allowed in cases where agreements exist. For shared boundary fences, the law places the responsibility of maintenance on both parties because both benefit from the fence, FindLaw explains.

In a situation where one party refuses to take responsibility, the law spells out the procedure the other party can follow to ensure responsibility is taken, according to FindLaw. Procedures include writing a letter informing the other party of the problem regarding the fence, doing repairs and writing a letter demanding payment from the other party, and then going for mediation. If these steps fail, the complaining party must confirm if the law has provisions on maintenance and then sue the other party.

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