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Adjacent lots are lots that are in contact or adjacent to each other. These properties share a common boundary, so properties that are separated by a public road or other property are not considered contiguous, even if they belong to the same company or person.
What are contiguous properties?
In real estate, a piece of land is a piece of land or parcel owned by one or more individuals or corporations. If these lots are adjacent, they are considered contiguous. Commercial developers often develop on contiguous lots to create a single large complex.
Depending on its location, a plot of land can be worth much more than the buildings on it. Investors can also acquire these properties to replace existing structures with new construction, increasing value. A structure on a lot can be designated as the primary use, making all buildings on adjacent lots part of the main building.
What are disjointed lots or lots?
Unlike contiguous properties, noncontiguous properties or noncontiguous parcels do not share common boundaries. A non-contiguous property can also be separated by private roads.
Why do people want contiguous lots?
Contiguous lots are often desirable for people who want a larger lot to build on. In other cases, people who buy a house can increase their garden or the land around their house by acquiring contiguous lots.
Adjoining lots are also attractive to commercial developers looking for space to construct larger or more sprawling developments. Large real estate investors can also buy contiguous lots and sell them to a developer as a portfolio.
Special expenses when buying contiguous plots of land
States and local governments have different regulations on how contiguous properties are developed. In some cases, the land must be reclassified for the intended use. This means that the buyer or developer would need to work with the local government or planning department to ensure the proposed structure meets all applicable regulations. If the contiguous properties fall within the territory of a homeowners’ association, additional regulations may apply.