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If the house has been on the property for at least 20 years, then it is very likely that the portion of land in question has been adversely possessed by the predecessor owners. Here's a good link you can read about adverse possession: http://statelaws.findlaw.com/maryland-law/maryland-adverse-possession-laws.html
Thus, it is very unlikely that the house would have to be moved or that this would cause any long-term issues. That said, if the neighboring owner is unwilling to issue a quitclaim deed to the current owner of the house for the portion of land in question, the home owner would need to file a lawsuit and ask a court to adjudicate that the property in question as being owned by the property owner under the laws of adverse possession.
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