Lot and Block Land Description

What are legal land descriptions?

In legal documents, such as a lien, deed, trust deed, mortgage, and sales contract, courts require an exact description of where a piece of land is located.  This is not merely the address of the property but is a legal description.  There is more than one type of legal description you must know for your exam.  The lot and block legal land description method is the subject of this article.

What is the lot and block legal land description?

The lot and block format of legal land description is used on maps and plats of recorded subdivided land.  This form of describing land also goes by the names the filed map system, the recorded plat system, the recorded map system, the lot block tract system and the recorded survey system.

How does the lot and block legal land description work?

To create a subdivision, a developer subdivides a tract of land.  When doing so, they must have a surveyor create a plat map to file with the court in the county where the property is located.  A plat map shows the detailed size and boundaries of each lot, easement, location of utilities, and streets.  Each lot (parcel) of land is given a lot number, and each group of contiguous lots is given a block number.

A lot is an individual piece of land which is intended to be conveyed in its entirety to a buyer.  A block is generally a group of contiguous lotsLot and Block bounded by streets, such as a city block.

The lot and block method is used to an extent in all states but is always used in conjunction with another form of land description, such as metes-and-bounds, or government survey.

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