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Can my neighbour come on to my property without my permission?
They regularly walk across my front yard. It’s worn a track in my lawn.

Can my neighbour come on to my property without my permission? - Answer

Your neighbour may believe they can come onto your property to deal with a problem — a leaning fence, a noisy sprinkler, a bothersome tree, etc. But if they do so without your permission, they’re trespassing. If they refuse to leave when asked, you can call the police.

If some part of the neighbour’s property — say a tree, fence, or other structure — crosses over the property line, that’s also a form of trespass.

Lisa Frey
Lawson Lundell LLP
Reviewed November 2020

Our information on dealing with problems involving neighbours has more on the issues in play when a tree or fence crosses over the property line between neighbours.

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