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what are the laws on encroachment/

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what are the laws on encroachment/
Under North Carolina Law, encroachment is treated as a "continuing trespass." A property owner that proves the encroachment of a neighbor is entitled to damages for the lost value of the land during the period of encroachment. In addition, the property owner may obtain an injunction requiring the removal of the structure.

Damages for encroachment must be sought within three years of the date that the encroachment occurs. However, the encroachment occurs again at the beginning of each new day, meaning that actual damages cannot extend back for more than three years, but the structure can be ordered removed for up to 20 years, because that is the length of time necessary to take the land of another under the doctrine of adverse possession, as applied in North Carolina.

All of the above is discussed thoroughly in the case of Bishop v. Reinhold, 66 N.C. App. 379, 311 S.E.2d 298 (N.C.App. 02/07/1984). Unfortunately, this case is not available for review online without charge.

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