Q: Neighbor& I have recent surveys that conflict, they want me to move my fence.Farthest discrepancy is 5 inches.De Minimi?
Contact original surveyor. In New York State, courts will allow de minimus non-structural encroachments, such as fences. Past court decisions have allowed even more than 5 inches, electrical wires with exterior lighting, stone walls, etc. if meets this statute, non-structural, such as your fence.
New York, Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law - RPA § 543. Adverse possession; how affected by acts across a boundary line.
1. Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the existence of de minimus 1 non-structural encroachments including, but not limited to, fences, hedges, shrubbery, plantings, sheds and non-structural walls, shall be deemed to be permissive and non-adverse.
2. Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, the acts of lawn mowing or similar maintenance across the boundary line of an adjoining landowner's property shall be deemed permissive and non-adverse.
1 So in original. “de minimus” should be “de minimis”.
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