As a property owner, disputes with other home or business owners are sometimes inevitable.
The law regarding land ownership in Florida is clear, often making it easy to determine who is in the right.
Disagreements of land titles can result from mistakes made during the title search or the property survey. Sometimes the only resolution is litigation. Working with a professional, such as a real estate agent, during the home-buying process is a safe way to avoid a title dispute.
An easement refers to one party’s authorization to use another person’s property. This is common with utility companies and government agencies, who need to maintain structures, such as electrical poles, for public works.
There are different types of easements. For example, a prescriptive easement in Florida lasts 20 years or more. Easement appurtenants remain intact even when property ownership changes. Finally, easements in gross refer to a person or entity rather than a specific property. These are also commonly held by government agencies.
Property boundary disputes
Disagreements of property boundaries are the most common form of land disputes for homeowners. This is a disagreement between property owners over boundary lines. Often the source is conflicting information documented during surveys coming to light after one owner erects a structure, such as a fence or a garage, on their property.
If you have a property dispute, it is ideal to resolve it independently. However, when that is not possible because either side will not cooperate, you can also file an injunction.