[Homestead] Don't Ya Just Love It
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Wed May 13 17:44:11 EDT 2009
It is 7 years, here, too.
Like I said, we were going to split the cost of a new fence. The old
one was barbed wire. He wanted the cheapest way out, which for him was
2 or 3 strands of barbed wire. That doesn't work for sheep and goats.
Maybe with 7 or 8 strands, but not with 3. We are talking about 1400
feet of fencing, btw.
Clansgian at wmconnect.com wrote:
>>> Because our fence is so far
>> inside the line, he could easily claim that land.
> Yes, he can. There is a law that differs from state to state but is
> essentially the same. Goes by the name of "adversarial possession" in most
> states. If a person uses your land (or some piece of it) as if it were theirs
> for a number of years (seven in this state), they can claim owership.
> It is IMO a very bad idea to erect a fence inside your property line where
> it could be mistaken FOR the property line, even by a foot. I know the
> temptation is to view it as "Well, it's entirely on my property so I'm completely
> in control of it." The hassels of a joint fence are far less than the
> hassels of a survey to prove your property line.
> If you can't agree on the type of fence, put the type you want on your side
> of the posts and your neighbor can put what he likes on his side. It's
> much cheaper to get along and really build a joint fence, but sometimes it
> isn't possible.
> Even if it's just T-posts and two strands of barbed wire or electric fence,
> you gotta be like the dog marking his territory on the trees. Put a fence
> right on the line.
> James (Good neighbors make good fences.)
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