Case Study – The Shrinking Block

With over 35 years of experience, the team at Linear Land Surveying has helped thousands of clients with their land surveying needs.

If we had the opportunity to share one piece of surveying advice to everyone, it would be this:

Before purchasing a property, make sure you have a licensed land surveyor review the title and check the boundaries.

We have unfortunately seen many client’s face issues after purchasing a property because they didn’t know the importance of checking a title or surveying the property’s boundaries at the time of purchasing.

Hopefully the below case study can help you avoid a similar headache when it comes to your property ventures.

The Case of the Shrinking Block

A ‘Mum and Dad’ development duo contacted our team for help with a Title Re-establishment (Boundary) Survey. They had recently purchased a block of land with a 16m frontage. They had already drawn up plans for two side by side dwellings and signed a contract with a builder.

Our Title Re-establishment (Boundary) Survey revealed that the neighbouring fences on both sides were built within our client’s boundaries, leaving them with a loss of 600mm. This may not seem like a lot of land, but with plans that included structures on the boundaries, this loss threw their plans into chaos.

Unfortunately, our clients were not in a position to request the rebuilding of the fences on the correct title boundaries. This is because the 15-year adverse position threshold had been passed on both sides. The neighbours were entitled to refuse to move the fences. Our clients were forced to amend their design plans and building contract, leading to frustrating and costly delays.

Again, we recommend having a licensed surveyor review your title and boundary before the purchase of a property is finalised.

How can we help?

If you are purchasing a new property and want to be sure you understand your title and know your boundaries, give Sam and team at Linear Land Surveying(Melbourne land surveyors) a call on 9873 8888, or email for more information and help.

The information on this website is intended to be general in nature and is not personalised land development advice. It does not take into account your specific objectives, land development site or financial situation. Before acting on any information, you should consider the appropriateness of the information provided and seek more specific advice from the professional team at Linear Land Surveying


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