REAL ESTATE LAW
About Property Disputes
A property dispute is a legal dispute that involves real estate. As simple as that may sound, this is a complex area of law because “property dispute” is a catchall term that can apply to a wide range of disputes over an equally wide range of properties. These disputes often stem from disagreements over things like where property lines lie, who is at fault for property damage, responsibility for repairs to property, and even blocked views. They can be large or small in nature, with some minor disputes able to be resolved privately by the parties involved through open communication or mediation, while others require court litigation.
Property disputes can involve anything from vacant lots to houses, apartments, condominiums, roads, driveways, ponds, or other types of real property. Property disputes are not limited to being between homeowners or landlords and tenants, either; just about anyone who has an interest in the real estate in question can become involved in a property dispute, including:
- Homeowner Associations (HOAs)
- Property visitors
- Family members
- Builders and developers
- Government agencies and municipalities
It is important to remember that governing bodies can own property, too, so they can become a party in a property dispute.