The headline News NŽT reminds about the responsibility for destroyed or damaged border signs
Following an increase in complaints about the destruction of boundary markers or their arbitrary relocation, the National Land Service (NŽT) reminds us of the liability provided for in legal acts for such acts.
The rules for the protection of land plot boundary marks and their maintenance are approved by the order of the Director of the NŽT, “On the Approval of Land Plot Boundary Marking Rules and Boundary Mark Standards”. This order establishes that the owner of the plot of land is responsible for the protection and maintenance of boundary marks. Due to the destruction or damage of boundary marks, he must take measures to restore the destroyed or damaged boundary marks, as regulated by the Real Estate Cadastre Law of the Republic of Lithuania.
If the boundary markers marking the boundaries of the plot of land are destroyed by another person, the owner must take measures to restore the boundary markers himself, and he has the right to demand the damage and other expenses incurred due to the restoration of the boundary markers from the culprit in a civil procedure.
Article 112 of the Code of Administrative Offenses (ANC) establishes liability for failure to take measures to restore destroyed or damaged boundary markers, if land owners or other land users have been warned in writing to do so. This act attracts a fine from 70 to 140 euros.
Damage or destruction of border marks is equated with damage or destruction of property, for which liability is provided for in Article 115 of the Civil Code. Intentional destruction or damage to property, when the damage caused to the victim does not exceed three basic penalties and fines, entails a fine from 50 to 750 euros.
Sometimes the destruction or relocation of boundary markers can also be seen as self-governance. A fine from 16 to 60 euros is provided for this, and for managers of legal entities or other responsible persons – from 60 to 140 euros.
Due to possible administrative offenses – destruction or damage of property, as well as self-governance, administrative offenses law is initiated and administrative offenses are investigated and administrative offense protocols are drawn up by the police. Therefore, the person should contact the police regarding the destroyed boundary markers, and he, as the owner of the plot of land, should take steps to restore them. In order to determine the exact points (coordinates) of setting up/restoring boundary marks, it is suggested that the plot owner contact a surveyor.