What steps do I take to figure out who to be angry at?
June 19, 2012 3:21 PM Subscribe
My wife and I just moved into our first house this month. Hooray!
The people building a house next door say we have to move our fence [and tear down a shed-like thing attached to the garage]. Boo!
What do I do?
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The package of documents that came with the house included a 'Real Property Report', which shows a survey [from 2005] and states that everything is within the boundaries of our property.
Our neighbour [on the other side] said that he saw survey markers [rebar? I am unclear and his accent is strong] this year, and pulled them up so he could mow the lawn for the old owners. They were a few inches on our side of the fence, maybe.
Whose survey information is accurate? Who pays to move the fence and tear down / rebuild the shed if it indeed needs to happen?
Why did I only learn about it from a construction worker who was urinating 3 feet away from where I was trimming a bush as he told me, and not from [for example] my real estate agent or the lawyer who signed all the mortgage papers?
Most importantly, who do I ask about this in Edmonton, AB? My mortgage provider? The lawyer who we saw to sign the papers for the house? A different lawyer? The city? A third surveyor?
I am angry that this is a surprise, and I don't even know who I should be angry at.