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How to handle real estate boundary discrepancies

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2023 | Real Estate Litigation |

Georgia, with its picturesque landscapes and booming real estate market, draws many homeowners and investors. According to the Georgia Association of Realtors, there are anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 sold each month across the state.

However, as with any property purchase, you might face issues, and one common challenge is boundary discrepancies. This means the physical boundaries of your property might not align with what is on paper. While this can seem concerning, knowing how to handle these discrepancies will ensure peace of mind and safeguard your investment.

Research and gather documentation

Begin by collecting all related property documents. These should include the deed to your property, which often contains a description of the property boundaries. Additionally, local county offices in Georgia offer plat maps that provide details about land divisions in your area.

Hire a professional surveyor

If you think there is a difference between your property’s physical boundaries and its legal description, consider hiring a professional land surveyor. They will conduct an accurate survey of your property and give you a detailed map that shows the exact boundaries. This accuracy can be especially helpful if you encounter disputes with neighbors.

Open communication with neighbors

Often, boundary discrepancies involve adjoining properties. If you suspect there is an issue, talk to your neighbors. Share your findings, show them the survey results and work towards a mutual understanding. Most times, neighbors do not know about these discrepancies and will value your proactive approach.

Consider a written agreement

If both you and your neighbor recognize the boundary discrepancy and agree on a solution, document this understanding in writing. A written agreement, which details the accepted boundaries and any arrangements made (like shared maintenance responsibilities or access rights), can help avoid future disputes.

Seek mediation

If you and your neighbor cannot reach an agreement, think about mediation. A neutral third party can facilitate a discussion, ensure both parties’ concerns get heard and guide you towards a resolution.

Addressing property boundary discrepancies in Georgia might seem challenging, but you can handle them effectively with a systematic approach. Open communication, local knowledge and early intervention will help you protect your property rights and maintain good relations with neighbors.