By definition an encroachment is an intrusion on a person’s territory, rights, etc. In real estate we typically see the term encroachment used to describe items that are on the wrong property. Here are some common examples.
- Adjoining property fence located onto subject property. The adjoining property is any property that joins up next to our property or is more commonly known as your neighbor. The subject property is a fancy way of saying our property. In this example, the neighbor’s fence is located on to our property. Because the fence does not belong to us, and it is located on our property that fence is considered an encroachment.
- Subject property concrete located onto adjoining property. In this example our concrete is located onto the neighbor’s property. The portion of the concrete that is located on the neighbor’s property is an encroachment.
- Subject property landscaping blocks located onto adjoining property. In this example our landscaping blocks are located onto the neighbor’s property. The portion of the blocks that is located over the property line is an encroachment.
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