Several legal doctrines permit individuals who do not own title to a specific piece of land to acquire ownership of that land by operation of the law. One such method of land acquisition is adverse possession. The specific laws of adverse possession vary considerably from state to state.
If a barking dog, too many cars on your street, or water runoff from your neighbor’s yard are irking you, you may be wondering if there is anything you can legally do to remove or stop the offending behavior. These situations are regarded as nuisances and the law may protect you in some circumstances.
As a property owner, you have the right to exclude people and things —like your neighbor’s fence—from your land. Here in Georgia, where homes are in close proximity to one another, boundary disputes are fairly common.
The old poem “good fences make good neighbors” isn’t always true. Sometimes fences between neighbors cause legal disputes. In today’s post we will take a brief look at how that might happen and what Georgia’s laws on adverse possession entail.