It is our property that has no access.
Dan,Thank you for your follow-up.That is not as a serious issue as it may appear. Under law and public policy, the courts assist property owners such as yourself in obtaining access. What this is called is an 'easement by necessity', which is a property right that is granted to you via your neighbor's land to essentially traverse it so as to obtain ingress and egress (entry and exit) rights to and from your land. You would need to see whose neighboring land would be less affected, contact that neighbor, and ask for the easement. If they refuse, then consider taking it to court. The courts generally help because they want all property owners to be able to get to their land, and consequently if your neighbors refuse to help, you could compel them to open their land to you for this purpose.Good luck.
When you say courts generally help, does that apply to Iowa courts?
Dan,Thank you for your follow-up. Courts in all jurisdictions, including Iowa, tend to favor owners who file for an 'easement by necessity' where it can be shown that the easement is as short and unobtrusive as possible, and the cheapest or easiest to construct. The courts disfavor properties to which the landowner cannot reach, so they will create an easement in situations where your property is land-locked. My answer is based on your jurisdiction.Good luck.
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