We understand how frustrating it can be to search for a home in Austin. Half the battle is learning the key terms and what they mean in regards to Texas real estate. So each week we bring you Key Term Tuesday – our way of helping you decode the industry jargon that keeps you from owning your home search.
What is an Encroachment?
An encroachment is a type of trespass and happens when some part or piece of a neighbor’s property extends beyond their boundary line onto an adjacent property. For example, a driveway or fence that extends onto a neighboring property. Another common encroachment is when one neighbor uses a piece of an adjacent property for a vegetable garden or even a dumping area.
A title report coupled with a plot map may identify the existence of an encroachment. A survey performed by a licensed surveyor will also identify encroachments. Encroachments can affect the value of a property and can determine whether continued usage is permissible. At the first indication of a potential encroachment you should consult a real estate attorney for guidance.
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