Post-hur­ri­cane tips for your prop­erty bound­ary

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Craig Fran­cis is a com­mis­sioned land sur­veyor and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Pre­ci­sion Sur­vey­ing Ser­vices Ltd. He can be con­tacted for ques­tions or queries at craig_r_fran­cis@ya­hoo.com or Pre­ci­sion Sur­vey­ing Ser­vices

Good day, read­ers,

While Ja­maica was spared the worst of Hur­ri­cane Matthew, is­sues re­lated to what could have hap­pened re­main rel­e­vant. Today, I want to look at some things to do to se­cure your bound­aries if the is­land is hit by a sim­i­lar weather sys­tem in the fu­ture.

THERE ARE lots of bound­aries that are de­fined or de­marked by trees or plants (a grow­ing fence), and th­ese might have been blown down or washed away dur­ing the pas­sage of a storm or hur­ri­cane.

This un­wel­come and un­planned re­moval of th­ese bound­ary mark­ers, if not dealt with in a timely man­ner, can cause great stress fric­tion and dis­putes in the fu­ture.

I sug­gest that the felled trees be cut near enough to the roots, if not fully up­rooted, so that the trees, when they grow back, will be in the same po­si­tion as they were be­fore the pas­sage of the hur­ri­cane.

If the tree is to­tally rooted out, it is sug­gested that a re­place­ment be planted in the ex­act spot from which the for­mer was up­rooted. There are trees that grow quickly, such as the cal­abash or the ‘Never dead’ (Mataal) tree. Where you have a prob­lem with your bound­ary cor­ners that are de­marked by trees or plants that have been felled, en­sure that you trim them so that they grow back in the lo­ca­tion that they were orig­i­nally in.

If there was the blow­ing down of your wire, zinc or any di­vid­ing fence be­tween you and your neigh­bour, then this, too, must be dealt with ex­pe­di­tiously to avoid fu­ture bound­ary dis­putes.

If a fence was blown so that it is not on the bound­ary but now strad­dles the bound­ary if left unchecked for in excess of seven years, then the Lim­i­ta­tion of Ac­tions Act may cause that to be­come the new bound­ary, so

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you must deal with the is­sue with alacrity.

Be­fore erect­ing the fence, you should con­sult a com­mis­sioned land sur­veyor so that he or she can con­firm or re­place the bound­ary mark­ers.

Never try to re­place bound­ary pegs from mem­ory or even us­ing tapes to mea­sure dis­tances when try­ing to re­place a bound­ary mark.

This is not only an un­wise thing to do but also il­le­gal. Let the land sur­veyor re­place the marks or iden­tify them so that you can re-erect your bound­ary wall/fence in the cor­rect place to en­sure that there will be no dis­pute with your neigh­bours.

This will also en­sure that you will not en­croach on any­one’s prop­erty nor will you give up any of your prop­erty.

I urge you to tend to that prop­erty, bound­ary/fence ex­pe­di­tiously so that you will avert any pos­si­ble bound­ary dis­pute in this post-Matthew pe­riod.

Un­til next time, tra­verse well.

IA motorist drives through a flooded road in St Thomas while Hur­ri­cane Matthew threat­ened Ja­maica.

RUDOLPH BROWN/PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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