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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.

Today, you went outside and saw even more trash in the same place and even further onto your property. Now what can you do? Prior attempts at talking with your neighbor haven't helped, and actually may have made things worse.

One possibility is that you could sue your neighbor. While this isn't usually the preferred step to take, it can be helpful if your neighbor isn't cooperative. You can file a trespassing lawsuit, which essentially states that you've lost the enjoyment of your property because a person has physically invaded your land.

To win a case like this, you'll need to show that the trespassing is substantial and continuous. For instance, if the trash remains on the property for weeks after you request it be removed then you could file a complaint and take your neighbor to court if he won't remove it.

In the meantime, there are other things you can do to resolve the issue. Consider putting up a fence or moving the trash off the property yourself with enough notice to allow your neighbor time to claim it. If that doesn't work, you can file the lawsuit. Our website lists more on options for you to try to stop your neighbors from violating your property rights.

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