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Freshman Member
Jan 23, 2008
Professional Status
Licensed Appraiser

Does anyone know how to properly check if a property has easements and/or encroachments?

I was logging on to the Assessor's page and after entering the APN, I would click on the MCR link, and that used to let me view easements, however it no longer will allow me to do so.

I spoke to the County Assessor's office and they informed me, I would be able to locate easements on the standard plat map, but that is not the case.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Lawrence R.

Senior Member
Mar 27, 2007
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
South Carolina
Usually, they are located on the plat, but often when land is "split" amongst family members, they do it without a plat, and in that case, any easements would be recorded on the deed itself, such as a right of way for a landlocked parcel to have an access easement....etc...

As far as encroachments go, that is where someone or something has exceeded its boundaries and is on "someone else's land" There usually is not a record of an encroachment--they are just there. It truly takes a survey to determine if something is encroaching on a parcel. I would check the deed, the plat, and if I didn't find anything, I would say so, but with the caveat that it truly is in the scope of a survey, and not an appraisal, that you would locate/identify encroachments and suggest the reader of the reoprt do just that.

Hope this helps. Welcome to the forum and good luck.
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