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mattlila

08:40PM | 07/11/04
Member Since: 12/11/03
18 lifetime posts
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Hi,

We bought a property a few months ago. The survey showed that 1/2 of the neighbor's carport and 3 feet of the corner of her house encroach on our property. We bought it knowing full well. How can we reclaim it? or is it owned now by the neighbor's (squatter's right)? The property is located in Michigan.

Thanks, Matt.

tomh

10:04PM | 07/11/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
Your question is addressed on the following website:

http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/adverse_possession.htm

You need to defend the property against adverse posession, which can result in entitlement of the land to the person taking posession by virtue of a hostile encroachment. It may already be too late, but a real estate attorney is about your only option to defend against the encroachment or to minimize its impact. You may be able to sell the property or easement rather than require the neighbor to demolish or remove the structures. Either way, if you do not defend it, you lose it eventually (or already).
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