Co-author Ethan Wood
We told you to “Beware of Strips and Gores” back in 2012 and today we bring you Green et al v. Chesapeake et al, the sequel. Unlike cinema’s greatest follow-ups, this entry feels more like an unneeded rehash of the original. Nevertheless, it is a good refresher on the topic.
Rules for the Genre
The strip-and-gore doctrine operates to pass title to lands in addition to the lands described in a conveyance when:
- The adjoining land is relatively narrow, small in size and value in
comparison to the expressly conveyed land, and no longer important or valuable to the grantor of the larger tract;
- The adjoining land was not included in the property description in the deed at issue; and
- No other language in the deed indicates that the grantor intended to reserve an interest in the adjoining land.