Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
On our property in California the surveyed boundaries turned out to be very important. I have two pertinent stories about them.
First story, which wasn't actually our story but our nearby neighbor's: the survey was done wrong. It was done in the 1970's by, seemingly, a drunk. Turned out he was ten feet off the whole long side, and the rancher who owned the property on the other side was being shorted. But the rancher wasn't a fool like most people. He knew that happy neighbors are a lot more important than getting what's rightfully yours. He just gave it to them. Problem solved.
Second story, more complicated. Same developer who hired the drunken surveyor, bulldozed a road up the hill to our property which actually cut across someone else's, and then wove so that guy's property was also on our side of the road. Original owners of the other property said, oh, let's just agree to swap the two slivers and call it good. Handshake agreement. All was peaceful, until they sold to a pair of young lawyers. Oh brother. Threats of lawsuits, demands that we pay for a new survey (like it's OUR fault?), official-looking pompous letters (I mean they lived next door, right?). Under counsel from my dad's old lawyer, we totally ignored them. Whenever they asked about it we just said we were still considering it seriously and would get back to them.
Eventually they got divorced and moved away. The new people couldn't care less.
So there is certainly such a thing as a wrong survey (maybe not today), and it causes as much hassle as someone wants to make about it.
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