It's a word that can strike fear into the hearts of buyers and sellers everywhere, and quickly sabotage a property sale. But what does it mean?
In real estate, an encroachment is defined as when, "A structure from one property extends over the property line of another." Seems pretty simple, right? Well, encroachments can be real deal breakers even if they don't adversely affect anyone's quality of life. There's actually a statute of limitations on how long someone has to claim an encroachment on their property and what the consequences are if they're proven correct.
So, how do encroachment's happen? Usually as a result of an improperly-performed survey or incorrectly drawn property lines. They can also be caused by unpermitted or…