What are property lines? They are invisible lines separating one property from another. Usually, you can locate a property pin (looks like a wooden stake in a lot of cases), which shows you where your property line is. The downside of this is that unless you’re the first owner of the home, you don’t know if someone has moved it over the years. If no pins can be found, a licensed land surveyor may be needed to determine exactly where your property ends and your neighbors begins.
- How are property lines enforced?
As a property owner, protecting your property line is your responsibility. Zoning bylaws govern things like how close you can build a fence or a building to the property line and the government does provide some services to help protect homeowners.
- My neighbour build a fence but it’s on my property line.
This is considered an encroachment. If you want the fence moved, try talking to the neighbor first and see if they’re cooperative or not. If not, you may want to have a land surveyor do a survey plan showing the encroachment. This may assist you if further action against your neighbor is necessary. You may also be able to obtain a copy from the Land Title’s office where all survey plans are registered. The BC Property Law Act deals with encroachments and can be found at www.bclaws.ca.
- You know there is an issue with a property line and you want to sell.
Ignoring it may cause problems and delays in your plan to move. Resolving the problem beforehand can save time and money later on.
- Can you decide on a property line with your neighbour?
Not really. While it may seem easier to simply agree with your neighbor on where the line is, it may come back to haunt you later. If there’s a question about its location, the best thing to do is have a professional complete a survey plan to determine the exact location of the property lines.
Did you know …
REALTORS® are experienced in these types of issues? RE/MAX Camosun REALTORS® are trained in working with these and many other issues that may arise with your new home or selling your home.
If you’re considering a move in the Victoria area, call RE/MAX Camosun at (250) 744-3301 and one of our real estate agents will be happy to help.