Most homeowners assume they own the soil and everything else that’s under their lawn.
But that may not be the case for homeowners in subdivisions built by the giant homebuilder D.R. Horton, which lists more than two dozen neighborhoods in the Raleigh and Greensboro area on its website.
As The Independent’s Lisa Sorg reported here, homeowners in several Triangle-area D.R. Horton subdivisions are finding out from a basic search at county Register of Deeds offices that the mineral rights to the house were split off at the time of purchase from the general deed.
Owning the mineral rights is a Colorado company that’s turns out to be—surpise! — a subsidiary of the homebuilder.
The mineral rights appear to give the energy company, in some cases, the right to drill and extract gas or other substances from below a home’s surface.