What if you build on the wrong lot?

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2022 | Residential Real Estate Transactions |

You buy an empty lot for the construction of a residential home or a new business. Then you hire a construction company to do the job for you. You’re busy and you often travel overseas for work, so you’re not around to oversee the entire project.

That’s why you’re so surprised when you return to find out that there’s been a bit of a complication. The construction company built the structure on the wrong lot. Now what are you going to do?

This has happened before

Certainly, mistakes like this are very rare. It takes a “perfect storm” of multiple empty lots next to each other and no one noticing for the entire project that construction is being done in the wrong location.

This has occurred in the past. There was just a case in the last few years where a home was built on the wrong lot. The family didn’t even find out about it until the owner of the land knocked on their door and told them that their house was sitting on land that he owned.

There are potential solutions to an issue like this. In some cases, landowners have opted to switch lots. It can be very complicated. It’s important to know who was responsible. Were you told that you owned the wrong land? Did the land surveyor look at the wrong property? Was there some sort of error with the title?

There are a lot of things to sort through to determine what to do next with a complicated real estate issue like this, so it’s very important to understand all of your options.