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A nuisance: Taking your neighbor to court

Everyone has had one neighbor, at some point, who caused them problems. Maybe the neighbor was too loud, parked in a way that blocked your vision as you left your driveway or insisted on using your property against your wishes.

Understanding a mortgage lien helps you decide on a purchase

You have a home in mind for a purchase. You have been looking for months, and you're ready to buy. That's when you realize that the title might not be clear. Someone was telling you about a problem that had come up with his purchase, and now you're concerned.

Can a neighbor destroy my pit garden?

In the city, you could run into a problem with a neighbor who takes over your sidewalk garden. Sidewalk gardens are small spaces intended to be designed and cared for by the residents whose property adjoins them. They may have a tree and a small patch of ground where the resident can plant.

What happens if a dispute occurs when funds are in escrow?

In the majority of real estate transactions, escrow arrangements are made to guarantee funds to the seller from the buyer upon the completion of the sale. A third party holds onto the funds, so neither of the other parties has access to them until the deal is finalized or cancelled.

Fighting over landscaping: Neighbor disputes

There are plenty of reasons why neighbors have disputes, but one of the most common comes from the proximity of trees to their properties. The issues caused by trees vary from blocking one neighbor's view to putting the other's home at risk.

Can you mediate a problem after buying a home?

You purchased a home, and now you're in shock at what you've found. Even though you had a survey of the land and home, there is mold everywhere in the basement and the foundation has cracked. You think the seller hid some of the concerns, and in the time it took to complete the sale, the house has suffered some major damage.

Here's what you can do if your neighbor trespasses

You love spending time in your yard, but lately you've noticed that your neighbor is putting a lot of his trash on your property. At first, you thought it was just a mistake and that he wasn't aware of the property line, so you talked to him and he said he'd correct the problem.

What can you do if a neighbor's landscaping ruins your home?

You weren't worried about your neighbor's landscaping, but then you noticed that they were making their land higher than yours. There used to be a dipped area between your properties that collected water, but now, there is a hill that glides down onto yours. If your home suffers water damage as a result of this change, do you have any right to complain?

Arbitration and mediation can help you resolve disputes

If you have a dispute with a neighbor, a home's seller or another party, it's important that you take steps to move on from that dispute and come to an amicable solution. While going to court is one option, there is also the possibility of involving both parties in mediation or arbitration.

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