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Neighbors fence on our property, refuses to move it

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? I live in WILL COUNTY ILLINOIS. We build and lived here since 1993. We have 2.5 acres. Our neighbor moved in shortly after us. Unknown to us at that time her fence, approx. 2ft. in width and 200ft. in length was and still is on our property. In 2001 we had our property SURVEY and found that our neighbors fence was on our property and brougth it to her attention, she stated she needed some time to take it down and move it .As of now she has yet to do so. she now refuses to move the fence telling me that the fence is GRANDFATHER-IN, and if I attemp to remove it she would call Police and have me arrested. I have been paying taxes on this property since we moved here. Please, can you tell me what the LAW is on this matter. THANK YOU!!


Senior Member
No ifs ands or buts your going to have to locate a real estate atty and arrange for help. See your nbr might respond better to a formal letter from a atty on your behalf. If your nbr refuses to take action after getting written notice from you then follow your attys advice. Try the links up top to locate a real estate atty. BTW if your nbr really thinks she can just keep that strip of land she will have to spend money either now on a atty of her own and her own survey. Who knows maybe after she sees that you are willing to spend some money by getting a atty she will just fix the problem and shut up. Hard to say. BTW let her call the police when you go to mow your grass on other side of fence, show them copy, of the survey. hopefully they will accept it and tell her this is a civil matter and are unable to do anything.


Senior Member
BTW if your nbr really thinks she can just keep that strip of land

That neighbor may very well be able to keep that strip of land depending on several factors.


Senior Member
Send the neighbor a CERTIFIED (RRR) letter demanding she remove the fence from your property within 10 calendar days from receipt of the letter otherwise, you will contract for its removal and sue her for costs in small claims court.

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