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What happens when neighbor builds fence on your lot?

Professional survey reveals big miscalculation

DEAR BOB: We live about 50 percent of the year in our Florida house and the remainder of the year in our other home "up North." This past winter, when we returned to our Florida home, we were shocked to discover our neighbor had built a very ugly concrete block fence between our properties. At first glance, it looked to me like he tried to "grab" at least 5 feet of our lot. Although I didn't say anything to him, I hired a professional surveyor to determine where the lot line is located. It turned out the neighbor took almost 7 feet along our lot line. In other words, the concrete block fence is 7 feet on my side of the boundary. When I confronted him with a copy of my survey, he challenged it as probably inaccurate. What recourse do I have? --Ryan R. DEAR RYAN: Please consult a local real estate attorney. He or she can review the facts and advise your best course of legal action. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. From your description, it appears the neighbor built the new concrete bl...