Encroach Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Encroach.

Encroach (verb): The act of extending or moving a structure, partially or entirely into another person's property. This mistake often happens due to inaccurate measurements, incorrect surveys, or builder errors. The issue may be resolved by providing the person who encroached with an easement or lease (usually for a fee) for the duration of the building's existence, or, in the case of smaller structures, it could involve relocating the building back to its owner's property.