Property disputes aren’t uncommon and are quite prevalent among neighbors sharing the same boundaries. These issues are often a consequence of improper understanding or misunderstandings on the end of both the parties involved, wherein each of them claims ownership over a particular piece of land.
Mostly backed by their assumptions about their property or unclear or confusing wordings encountered in legal descriptions.
This leads each of the property owners to firmly believe that the section of the property in question is undoubtedly theirs, and leads to a dispute as both parties involved don’t have any proof to come to a consensus.
The history of the US is also quite responsible for these occurrences, as the maps that were available to the people by the European government weren’t accurate.
More so, the survey methods used then weren’t as advanced as they are today, using markers like trees that are unreliable and changing over time, making it difficult for the property owners to get a clear picture of the property they own.
Border disputes can arise when a neighbor is about to construct a fence that the person sharing the property boundary believes to be theirs. Issues like these, when unresolved, can be very taxing because of the time, attention and money you have to allot to any disputes prompted by this issue.
It’s therefore always best to have a property survey that accurately represents the boundaries, dimensions and a lot of other important things in a report. Which can also be used as evidence in any matters of the courts concerning property disputes.
If you’re wondering what a property survey is, well, here’s a brief description of the same.
What is a Property Survey?
As the name suggests, a property survey locates the boundaries of a property and is done by professionals called surveyors, who share the technical knowledge and experience required to do such a job. These surveyors, researching the current property deed, perform a title search to understand the history of the ownership of the property.
Once the research is done, the surveying professionals physically visit the property and sketch the boundaries of the land under consideration. Then all the information collected so far is presented in a report, called a property survey report.
This report comes in handy to resolve any property disputes, by making the owners aware of their own areas. These reports can also help address any border infringements of the property.
How to Resolve Property Survey Disputes?
While there are a lot of ways to solve property disputes, generally, people prefer to do it in either of the two ways.
Informal Agreements: By respecting the conclusions of a property report, the owners of the respective properties may choose to resolve the issues informally, by assigning the ownership of a property to the rightful owner. This is the most convenient way to resolve any disputes, as they don’t involve any legal entities and save property owners their valuable time.
However, people don’t generally prefer to resolve these disputes domestically, as both the parties involved are either too confident about their assumptions or don’t regard the credibility of the survey. If this is the case, property disputes are then taken to the court.
Legal Involvement: When property owners disagree with the results of a survey report, they take the dispute to the court in order to come to an agreement. Evidence such as deeds, title searches and survey reports is then presented in front of the judge for them to reach a decision. According to the decision of the courts, the disputes are then settled.
If you have any disputes with your neighbors about your property in Calgary, the best way to address them is with a property report. Core Geomatics, with their years of experience and amazing team, can help you generate an accurate property report that you can use to resolve the property disputes you may have.