My question involves real estate located in the State of: New Jersey
We moved into West Long Branch, NJ 1.5 years ago. The house was purchased from the children of the previous owner, who was deceased. It was November. The title search that was done when we bought the house was clean and showed no claims for easements.
In the spring I was cleaning the front side yard, trimming the bushes back to the property line, when my neighbor came over and told me that those were his bushes, and that was his property, because he had been cutting through that area and taking care of them for the last 30 years.
I showed him the survey which clearly illustrates that it is my property.
He told me that he didn't care what the survey said, they were his bushes and that was now his property through adverse possession.
Also the fence in my back yard skews off at an angle leaving 3.5 feet of my property on the other side. He had been dumping debris back there before we moved in which he is also claiming is now his (assume it was him dumping as that is the only access). He has been dumping debris back there before we moved in (assume it was him as that is the only access).
I noticed that he continued cutting through the front (side) of my yard and so I put up a makeshift fence (tomato cages).
Again this spring the same thing happened as I was trimming the bushes.
I would like to move the backyard fence to the property line, (my 3.5 feet), and put a split rail fence on the front side.
Does he now own the front side property as well as the 3.5 feet in the back?