I purchased a home in 2012 in Germantown, MD. At the time of the purchase we were given the plat
map, but only later understood we were never supplied the surveyor's map that he did a month before we purchased the home. We met with the surveyor a few months after the sale was final and he gave us his map at that time. Only then we learned our fence did not follow the property line. We paid the surveyor to come out and clearly mark our property with stakes and we would like to move our fence to the property line. Our neighbors
, although admitting to us they knew our fence was not at the edge of our property, (it is INTERNAL to the edge our our property), have done gardening right up to our fence. When we move our fence to the property line, they will lose all the gardening they have done.
* is there any legal reason they would be able to prevent us from moving our fence to our property line as indicated by the surveyor's markers (at most it will be 4-5 feet farther out than where it resides right now)?
* once we move the fence, as long as we keep it within our property line, can we say the neighbors cannot hang objects on the fence, nail into it or have clinging plants such as ivy (which damage the wood) grow on it?
* what is the legal boundary we have to maintain between a fence and our property line (ex. I have read in some places it is six inches or one foot)