Residential Services: Boundary Line Agreements

A boundary line agreement is a written document between adjoining landowners which identifies their common boundary as being “ambiguous”, “lost” or “uncertain” and secondly describes a line that is certain. When a surveyor cannot place a boundary line on the ground with reasonable certainty, a boundary line agreement may be recommended. A boundary line agreement of this type can be described by a surveyor but will require the work of an attorney to turn it into a legal document in preparation for recording at the registry of deeds.

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When I show a property, a lot of time the seller has lived there for many years. They’ve become friends with their neighbors. Things have moved over lines. Lines have moved. Driveways have moved. That’s when we call Herrick & Salsbury and they can come out and figure out where the lines are so we can get the property sold.

Michele Francis, Realty of Maine

Looking Further Into Boundary Line Agreements

Uncertainty over a boundary line may arise for reasons such as:

  1. Poor deed descriptions
  2. Lacking field evidence

A boundary line agreement is a written document between abutting landowners which first identifies their common boundary as being “ambiguous”, “lost” or “uncertain” and secondly describes a line that is certain. 

Surveyors prepare a metes and bounds description of the agreed-to boundary line. An attorney will then use this in preparing the documentation for both parties to sign, memorializing the agreement. This agreement ultimately gets recorded at the registry of deeds just like a property deed. 

In other circumstances, a boundary line may be clearly written in the deeds, obviously evident on the ground and honored by abutting owners, only the abutting owners want to change the location of that line. In this situation, a boundary line agreement can also be used to satisfy the desires of the parties involved. As above, a boundary line agreement of this type can be described by a surveyor but will require the work of an attorney to turn it into a legal document in preparation for recording at the registry of deeds.

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