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How to know the boundary lines of property?

Atlanta, GA |

There is a tree apparently in my side of the middle line between two houses. However, my neighbor always trims the whole tree without my permission. Since I am not the first owner, I do not know the boundary lines. I have been told I can find the boundary lines in the county court. I do not know how to do it. Can you tell me how to know the boundary lines of property?

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Attorney answers 2


First, look at the deeds to determine the points. Sometimes there are boundary markers but I'm guessing in your case there are not. There may or may not be some other markings or points referenced in the deeds to your property and that of the neighbor. If not, then the only way to determine the precise location of the boundary line is to hire a licensed surveyor.

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If it is platted land (e.g. a subdivision) you may be able to find the outline of your property. You can go to the County Clerk's office and see if you can find the plat. Check your original Deed to the property; it will list your legal description and tell you if it is a platted property vs. a long legal description. The easy way to tell is if it says Lot X in Subdivision Y, recorded at plat book Z, page A--at that point, you could go to the clerk and say you need a copy of the plat at book Z page A. With that being said, however, you are trying to identify a precise point on your property line. To do that, you need to find a surveyor. If it is a typical house lot (such as an acre or less) it should be in the range of $400-500. That is pretty much the only way to find your EXACT boundaries.

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