Connect with us


« Back to Glossary Index

What Is Reliction?

Reliction is the slow shift in the water line on real estate that provides the owner with extra dry ground. It may also be defined as an increase in the land area obtained owing to the gradual receding of a body of water, such as a lake or sea.

Deeper Definition

Reliction can be defined as a change in the boundaries of a property caused by a change in the course of a river or stream. The primary purpose of reliction is to obtain an increase in land area that may be used for other purposes, resulting in some monetary advantage for the property owner.

Usually, when reliction happens, the increased land area belongs to the individual with water rights in that region. Reliction is a form of riparian right, which indicates that the land of interest is related to or located on the banks of a river or stream.

Following a reliction successfully carried out–, there will be an increase in land produced by the slow recession, shrinkage, or change in the course of a body of water (such as a lake, sea, or river), providing the owner of the riparian property with more dry ground. It should be noted that for the riparian property owner to receive title to the land due to reliction, the reliction must be permanent and not temporary in any form.

Reliction Example

Suppose you own a property located on a river or stream bank or somewhere related to a body of water, and you intend to carry out reliction. In that case, it is essential that you have a permanent agreement to ensure that you will have full ownership and title for your property. This permanent agreement is crucial because a court can refuse to grant title to a riparian property owner who claimed title to land resulting from reliction if the reliction occurred due to artificial and temporary draining of a lake. So it is essential and essential that you opt for a reliction with an intent of permanent deal and not a temporal or transient one.

« Back to Glossary Index

Get the news right in your inbox