Encroach Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Encroach, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Encroach?

v. to build a structure which is in whole or in part across the property line of another’s real property. This may occur due to incorrect surveys, guesses or miscalculations by builders and/or owners when erecting a building. The solutions vary from giving the encroaching party an easement or lease (for a price, usually) for the lifetime of the building, or if the structure is small, actually moving it onto the owner’s own property.