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Old 08-27-2011, 04:51 PM
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I have lived in my house next to my neighbor for over 8 years. We are nice to each other saying hi everytime we see each other. We have hosted neighborhood gathering several times.
Today when I woke up I see three white flags in between our house starting at the street going for 15-20 feet. My wife brought it to my attention and wondered if he was mad. I saw him mowing his lawn and said hi and he ask to speak to me for a second. He said that my lawn guys have been mowing the strip of the bordering property(there is no fence or border to identify the two areas).
We each have a nice section land and the guy cuts his lawn with an electric push mower. I told my lawn guys to cut the entire bordering strip as a favor to him. He said he was told that if I mow his area for 7 years I can annex it to my property. I never would ever think nor do anything like that. I am kinda offended that he would think that I would do anything like that.

Should I let it go, say something, pay for a survey have two property clearly marked, put up a fence? Dont know how to think or why he would even think that.
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Check the law first. if it is not true, politely tell him, if it is true, again, be polite, let him know you one of the good guys and would never do that, have no intention of doing that, never thought of doing that and if it would make him feel better you'll only cut "your side" for now on.

Tell him, he can cut it for 6 1/2 years then you'll cut it for 6 1/2 years.
Just switch back and forth as time goes on.



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Seems a bit unreasonable of your neighbor. I'd just make it clear to him that you wouldn't think of doing that.
We had some cherry trees planted and cleared an area full of scrub brush to prep for landscaping between us and our neighbor. There is no fence or anything and our builder told us where the property line was. Turns out he was wrong. Almost everything we did was on their property. When I found out I apologized to him right away. He had no idea and it didn't bother him. We are pretty close and he got some free cherry trees out of the deal so I couldn't imagine he'd be upset. I was more concerned about the clearing we did, but no issue.

Just talk to your neighbor and it should work out.
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I would think the seven years would start over as soon as he cuts it. So if you cut it for six years and three hundred sixty fore days then he cuts it you can't claim it. So tell him he can cut your hole yard and after seven years it's all his. The on the last day sneak out and cut it yourself. Ha ha. That would be funny.
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Originally Posted by 240 LTS View Post
let him know you one of the good guys and would never do that, have no intention of doing that, never thought of doing that and if it would make him feel better you'll only cut "your side" for now on.
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Bring him a beer and jokingly tell him you thought you were better friends than that and if he ever starts thinking like that again you reserve the right to punch him in the face.
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X2, Of all the things to be concerned about
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I would think the seven years would start over as soon as he cuts it. So if you cut it for six years and three hundred sixty fore days then he cuts it you can't claim it. So tell him he can cut your hole yard and after seven years it's all his. The on the last day sneak out and cut it yourself. Ha ha. That would be funny.
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Don't be pissed off, be impressed. He was friendly while protecting his property. He told you in such a way there is no misunderstanding. He was not accusing you, just informing you.

Stop cutting his grass. Problem solved. If there is any question about where the prop line is, split the cost of a survey, then split the cost to put in a fence.

And remember, good fences make good neighbors.
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It is called Adverse Possession. It is possible to claim it, but it rarely occurs. It is usually claimed in cases where someone uses (grows crops, build structures, etc.) for years and years on the bordering land of another person. I have never heard anyone claiming it by mowing it, but I guess it is possible.

I would do as others have said and agree to be friends and don't mow his property.
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Originally Posted by baypro21 View Post
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Bring him a beer and jokingly tell him you thought you were better friends than that and if he ever starts thinking like that again you reserve the right to punch him in the face.
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That is just funny. Is he retired, or just way too much time on his hands? Doesn't sound like he was being a jack ass, just doing what he thought was right. I hope some day to have concerns like this!
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plant some leland cypress to block the view
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Talk it out like the friends that you are before it escalates. Trust me, your good intentions can turn into an all-out war
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He is a little anal retentive I would guess.

while he may be correct, here in Louisiana adverse possession takes three decades I think.
And other posters are correct, the moment he informs you that the property is his and he knows you are cutting the grass, the time starts over.

I would not waste valuable energy on such a small minded person. Just smile and be polite.
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Just shoot the SOB and be done with it.......
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Sounds like another case of TMI? Too Much Internet.

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Tlhe law of Adverse Possession states that you must occupy the property openly and hostily for 7 years then you can apply for title to the said property.
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Time frame varies widely from state to state.

http://law.jrank.org/pages/11865/Adv...ossession.html
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He is paying the Property Taxes on it, it's his .
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Originally Posted by Badabing23 View Post
I told my lawn guys to cut the entire bordering strip as a favor to him.
The lesson to be learned is this ... don't do your neighbors any favors without asking first. It's the polite thing to do, notwithstanding your good intentions, and you never know when your neighbor will turn out to be extremely "touchy" about his property. Sorry you had to find out the hard way. Now you're both offended. I suspect that his "annexation" comment may just have been an excuse to defend his "space." You, being the bigger person, will let it drop and move on.
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plant some leland cypress to block the view


That would take 15 years and they don't grow well in FL.
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