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Steve,
 
        There used to be an old common law principle whereby Party One, who used property belonging to Party Two for many years could actually claim the subject property as his own (possibly on the basis that it had been abandoned by Party Two, the original owner).  Does such a principle exist in your jurisdiction?  And does it apply to the present situation?
 
Regards,
 
H. Daryl Richardson
----- Original Message -----
From: S. Gordin
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 8:50 AM
Subject: property line situation

Good morning,
 
Where (if at all) in the code (UBC/CBC) can I find a reference to the situation when a structure (house) on one property surcharges the retaining wall located on the adjacent property along the common boundary?
 
Also, the property line is located several feet away from, and parallel to, the boundary retaining wall.  The neighbors had actually paved, and used for many years, these several feet of the adjacent (not theirs) property.  Does the code or any other document address this situation?  What is an accepted way of dealing with it?
 
Thanks,
 
Steve Gordin SE
Irvine CA