[prev article on short land](http://coolthaihouse.com/blog/?p=231 “short land”). Since the previous article I’ve heard from a number of people who have had the same problem. One neighbor (thai/farang) lost about 1/2 rai out of 3 rai. Near the new land a thai couple lost 2 rai out of 10.
Here are the conclusions: it isn’t a matter of ‘survey error’ since the land is always understanded, and furthermore ‘survey error’ since about the 1700’s would only amount to about 1/10 of 1 % at most. On my chanote, the measurements are correct, simply the total amount of land is misstated. If the shape was square one could simply ‘do the math’ but with irregular shapes it is difficult.
Ms. dozer got in a discussion with a Thai ‘real estate professional’ (fellow English student) who didn’t believe this could happen. She has been in real estate many years and had never heard of this!
Apparently lawyers aren’t that aware, as at least mine said you would have to suspect the land is short for them to put in any protective language in the sales agreement. Obviously, he wasn’t up on this scenario.
Best explanation came from the land office who said that older title deeds are always suspect, especially with a certain officer designation near the signature line.
Obviously, prevention is easy – if you know about the problem ahead of time (ie buy subject to survey). I just still think this is just the most bizarre thing, that an offical government document is basically bogused up, and that so many people are continually, year after year, stung badly! Thai, farang, no matter, stung all the same!
Not sure yet if there is any recourse, waiting to see.