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What can I do if my neighbor crosses my property line?


For many Philadelphia residents, coexisting with neighbors is part of life. Whether a person likes his or her neighbors or not, getting along with the people living next door may mean the difference between a happy home and a lawsuit. When neighbors do not get along, it may be for a variety of reasons - and property line disputes are more common than one might think.

Condo residents should never stop paying association dues


Residents of Pennsylvania that live in a dwelling that qualifies as a condominium or townhome likely have association dues that they must pay. These dues cover items such as lawn care, garbage disposal and more. However, sometimes a resident that is paying these dues may not believe that the association is upholding their end of the bargain and the association money is not being put to good use. This could result in a real estate dispute.

Neighbors and owner at odds over use of Springfield property

We've often written about balancing the traditional look and feel of neighborhoods with the need for change and economic development, and an issue that often comes up in these matters is the preservation of open space. Community members in Springfield Township are at odds with a local property owner who plans to build 35 age-restricted homes that the community says will harm open space, cause traffic problems and lower property values.

Roxborough residents oppose town house plans

The basic conflict between those who want to preserve and those who want to erect anew is age-old in real estate. Historical architecture can hearken back through time and enrich a community's culture, while economic circumstances can also demand new enterprises and a change in scenery.

Neighbors sue Pennsylvania town over dilapidated building

A residential real estate dispute is unfolding in a Pennsylvania town, and Philadelphia residents with blight concerns may be interested. The residents of a Sunbury home have sued the city over what they say is a dilapidated property that the city took through eminent domain. The falling-down property is actually connected to the plaintiffs' home.

Residents in North Philadelphia speak out against gentrification

In terms of real estate, Philadelphia is currently going through major changes. As parts of the city gentrify, often the seeds of dispute are sewn by the new supplanting the old, and by economic forces flexing their muscles. Citizens on either side of a dispute should be aware of the goings-on at planning meetings and zoning hearings.

Philadelphia Land Bank draws support, criticism

Mixed responses of hope and skepticism have surrounded the ordinance that created Philadelphia's new Land Bank, which is aimed at cleaning up and repurposing the city's roughly 40,000 underused or blighted properties. Philadelphia is currently the largest U.S. city to establish a land bank, and other cities with major real estate problems are undoubtedly looking to Philadelphia as a possible model.

Pennsylvania real estate disputes grow over parks' development

There's an eternal conflict in the world of real estate. It involves the fight between those who would develop the land in urban areas to increase tax revenue and promote economic prosperity versus those who would keep each existing acre of pristine land in its untouched condition to preserve the beauty of nature. The preservationists usually are the underdogs in these real estate disputes, but they've nonetheless succeeded in keeping thousands of Pennsylvania acres from the developer's backhoes.

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