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Property Disputes Between Neighbors—Here’s What Indiana Laws Say

Having a friendly relationship with your neighbor leads to mutual benefits. The two of you can make a joint effort for better security in the area,if you’re heading out for a holiday, you can ask your neighbor to keep a watch for intruders—the list is endless. Neighbors are also great help for emergency situations and times when you need someone to comfort you. 

However, things can really hit the fan if you don’t get along or get into a feud. One of the main reasons neighbors dispute is property! Here’s how the law of Indiana makes it easy for you to settle such disputes. 

Tree damage law

Lawn damage and boundaries are some of the biggest sources of conflicts among neighbors. If a neighbor intentionally damages your tree during their gardening activities, they’re liable to pay for any damages. They’ll be obliged to pay the amount you spent on planting the tree and the cost of replacing it. 

What really counts as ‘damage’ to the tree, though? 

If your neighbor has chopped down the tree to the point that it damages its health, it’s a clear violation. Other than that, they’re also liable to pay if the damage results in loss of property value, the aesthetic appeal of the house, or out-of-pocket expenses. 

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Boundary fence laws

Your boundary fence is the line of demarcation that defines your territory and separates your house from the rest of the street.

As per Indiana law Ind. Code Ann. § 32-26-9-3, it is the duty of the landowner to separate their land from the adjoining property of the neighbors. The same law also states that the landowner must pay for the right half of the fence that faces their side of the land. The construction of the other half has to be paid by the neighbor. 

If the need for repairs arises, both parties must pay for repairs for the half that faces their land. If one neighbor is willing to do so and the other refuses, you can take up the case to the trustee of the township. 

But in order to validate your claim, you must first pay for your side of repairs and then file a complaint about the other half of the fence. After you’ve filed a complaint, the trustee will send a notice to your neighbor. If they refuse to comply, legal action will be taken. 

No one wants to get arrested for a minor offense like a neighborhood feud. The sooner you settle things with your neighbor, the better it is. Get in touch with DeLaughter Bail Bonds if you’re based anywhere in Indiana, for a quick rescue from the law enforcement authorities. More details about our bail bond services on our website.

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