Boundary Dispute

posted Sep 30, 2015, 12:42 PM by Jenif OK   [ updated Sep 30, 2015, 2:37 PM ]
April of this year we purchased our first new, never lived in home. After a few months after moving in, the next door neighbors came over to tell us there was a boundary dispute with the builder regarding our home and their property line.

Needless to say this was really upsetting to us. We were at a loss of what to do and even how to respond. They told us they were getting a survey so we asked to continue the conversation after the survey was complete.

We went to work and first contacted the City of Denver. The City let us know of previous surveys that had been done surrounding our property and told us what the survey markers looked like (see pic below).

We then contacted our builder and he sent us the Improvement Location Certificate (ILC) which provided the dimensions of our property. We then were able to go out and measure the closest survey marker to our house and see that our property was indeed within its boundaries.

The City also told us that it is a new rule in Denver to now require a survey when building. Our builder had only done and ILC which does not place a historical marker on the property. I am glad this rule has changed since having a survey completed would have eliminated the disagreement while the builder still owned the property.

Every time we purchase a home we learn new lessons. The lessons with this were to first, ask the owner for the survey or ILC for your property, contact the City to see what they have record and finally, meet and talk to neighbors about previous boundary disputes before you purchase the property.