I recently purchased vacant land at the rear of my property.
The problem is that the parcel is half behind my property and half behind my neighbor. Before the purchase, I approached my neighbor to see if they wanted half.(Another relevant fact is they have encroached upon approx. 25% of the land, the balance is wooded. The previous neighbor put a fence on the encroached portion about 5 years ago.) They said yes, but when it was time to actually present a bid, they backed out as they felt why pay for something they have for free.Then their attorney contacted mine and said if I purchased the land, they would file an Adverse Possession lawsuit(they purchased their property in 2002).
After the closing, I offered to sell them half the parcel at my cost and the additional cost of the subdivision in order to alleviate any problems with my neighbor. Again, their response was that I stole their land,I should pay half the subdivision costs or they would file an Adverse Possession lawsuit.
In order to save court costs, I told them I would share 50% of the subdivision costs,but they still have to pay half of all my out of pocket costs,real estate taxes and finance charges. Again, no response for 2 weeks.
My attorney allways likes to try to settle out of court but my feeling is to file for ejection with the courts as they seem quite unstable.