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Trespass to Land or Property Interest

 

This page discusses the civil tort of trespass.  For information concerning criminal trespassing charges, click here: Criminal Trespass.

 

  A trespass occurs when a person physically enters onto another person’s property in an unlawful manner without the owner’s consent.  It does not matter whether the entry upon the land was intentional or accidental.  It does not require that the owner of the land suffered any injury or damage as a result of the entry.  A property owner can recover nominal damages, such as one dollar, where a trespass occurs and no damages are sustained.  A trespass action can be asserted by a non-owner who has a possessory interest, such as a tenant.

 

  The measure of actual damages for a trespass is fact-specific.  Where the trespass is committed by the defendant occupying real property, damages can be assessed based on the fair market rental value of the property occupied.  Where a structure or other improvement is destroyed, the damages can be measured by the value of the improvement, or by the cost to rebuild or repair the improvement.

 

  Trespass actions commonly occur in relation to misplaced fences, gardens, sheds and other items of personal property on or near a boundary line.  A trespass action is a typical way to resolve an issue involving a boundary dispute.

 

  A plaintiff can recover punitive damages against a trespasser if the trespass is committed with actual malice. 

 

  There is no claim for trespass, nuisance, or even negligence, based on a neighbor’s encroaching trees.  A neighbor may however rely on self-help and cut the tree or growth back to the property line. 

 

  The information contained on this page is provided as general information and does not constitute legal advice.  The experienced attorneys at Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. can assist you if you have questions concerning trespassing.  We’d be happy to sit down with you and review your situation and provide appropriate advice.  Call today for a no-obligation consultation. 

 

 

The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. also offers these services:

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With an office conveniently located in Lexington Park, The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Stienmetz, P.C. serves clients in the counties and cities of Lexington Park, Leonardtown, Hollywood, Mechanicsville, Loveville, Helen, Breton Bay, Chaptico, Charlotte Hall, Golden Beach, Avenue, La Plata, Waldorf, Newburg, Port Tobacco, Port Charles, Solomons Island, Prince Frederick, Chesapeake Shores, Hughesville, Benedict, Nanjemoy, Lusby, Port Republic, St. Mary's County, Charles County, Calvert County, Prince George's County, Southern Maryland.


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