Q: When buying property can you do anything if existing neighbors have built on or over your property line?
I'm in the process of buying a piece of land and when looking over the aerial map and going out to the location it looks as though the existing neighbors has put a shed on the line if not over the property line. As a new owner can I say something about it?
A: That depends on a number of factors which need to be explored in a conversation with a lawyer experienced in such problems. For example:
1. Has an easement allowing the shed to cross the line been recorded? If so, is the shed within the legal description provided in the easement?
2. Did the neighbor sign a long-term lease with a prior owner of your property permitting the shed to be there?
3. Has the shed been there over 20 years?
You need a professional survey to determine where the shed is in relation to the property line. Anything else is too unreliable.
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