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We just purchased a home in May of 2016. When we purchased

We just purchased a home in May of 2016. When we purchased the house, there were several trees that were overgrown and an eyesore. We removed the trees at our expense. Three months later, our neighbor received a letter from the city asking her to fix her sidewalk. She is blaming us for the damage done to our sidewalk due to the trees roots growing underneath the slabs.. We have refused to pay to fix the sidewalk, as we were not aware of the damage that the trees had done, due to the fact that we had only lived at our residence for 3 months. She on the other hand has owned the property for 20 years and did nothing to rectify the situation with the previous owners. She is now taking us to court and asking for the full amount be refunded to her for the sidewalk replacement. We are very upset as we feel that she is taking the wrong people to court and was negligent on her part to try to rectify the situation years ago. Where do we stand in court against a judge?JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: CaliforniaJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: Yes. The neighbor has filed paperwork to take us to small claims courtJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: That we purchased the home in May of 2016 and she received the letter in August of 2016. The city sent her the letter asking for her to repair the sidewalk, not us. As I mentioned before, we removed all of the trees, not even knowing that the city had taken pictures of the sidewalk in September of 2015, 9 months before the purchase of this residence.

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At the time of my closing, 5 years ago, I found out a

At the time of my closing, 5 years ago, I found out a neighbors drive way was on my property. Not on the title search. I met with neighbor and in good faith told him at time of his sale of property an easement will need to be recorded.JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: MarylandJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: noJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: yes . I told the Boker that I wanted an easement. They went to closing with no easement.

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I purchased a property behind another one 28 yrs ago, my

I purchased a property behind another one 28 yrs ago, my property has a 20 X 100 ft long easement from the St to my property. With the original owner no problem, however, with the present owner the 20 ft was transformed into a 16 ft. He places his trash cans and built a patio that is 4 ft into the easement. With the original owner I paid for half of the fence, the new owner denies even thou I have the receipt and it is signed by the original owner stating my contribution. I can not even hang signs on the fence to stop people from entering my long drive way. The sign reads "PRIVATE ROAD RESIDENTS ONLY". The people from the other side of the drive way park cars close to their property, but, they use my driveway to get in and out and refused to respect my rights. They park 1,2, and even 3 cars and half of their cars are on my driveway easement.The zip for the property is 91977

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I live in an unincorporated part of county TX. This

I live in an unincorporated part of Harris county TX. This afternoon the neighbor at the back of my property moved in an ugly trailer house really close to my fence. Any view we had is now blocked by this unsightly metal building. Is there any regulation on how far away it needs to be from my fence?JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: TexasJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: Nothing has been done , it was just moved there a few hours ago I don't know if I have any rightsJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: no

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I'm under contract to purchase a house and during the

Hello - I'm under contract to purchase a house and during the inspection, I was walking the property and realized that the driveway goes flush to the neighbor's house. It appears that the seller of my property (a flipper) just paved the entire area so there is no clear property line. It's likely that the driveway is 2/3 on my property and 1/3 on the neighbor's property. The seller has claimed it is not a shared driveway. We are in the process of ordering a survey but i'm sure it's going to say it's on both properties, it's just a matter of how much. My question is, what are my rights as the potential buyer who is already under contract? Can I make the seller put up a clear property divide? If the seller refuses, is there any legal action that could be taken before I buy the property (for example, make the seller get an easement)? Thank you

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Second opinion] property line dispute fence in wrong place

Second opinion] property line dispute fence in wrong place for ten years who responsible to move fence state of California if it must be moved

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Property line dispute fence in wrong place for ten years who

property line dispute fence in wrong place for ten years who responsible to muve fence state of california

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QUESTION FOR LawEducator, Esq. OR LAND USE ATTORNEY ONLY...

QUESTION FOR LawEducator, Esq. OR LAND USE ATTORNEY ONLY...1. 5.5 years ago we learned that a portion of our yard wasn't actually our deeded property, but that it met all of the elements of Adverse Possession for over 50 years. We've lived here for 12 of those years and have met the criteria via tacking. Two adjacent neighbors are also the adverse possessors of a portion of the same lot and have also met the criteria.2. Jan. 2010 all 3 of us neighbors were notified by the town (who were the deeded landowner's at the time), to remove our encroachments.3. I stalled until town was able to sell their property at auction, without removing our encroachments. We didn't lose our possession.4. The police were called many times as new land owner tried to terrorize us with his chainsaw partially cutting down small trees etc. Police officials got involved in the dispute and sided with the LO as to who “really owned” the land. We have an autistic son who would have been traumatized if the LO cut up his swing set and trampoline, as per his threats. So, we moved them, and sent a letter to the LO's attorney explaining why. We stated that the moving of the yard toys should in no way be interpreted as giving up our possession, as we were merely protecting our son from harm.6. We hired an attorney to give us some advice and write a letter to our town encouraging them to stay out of our land dispute.7. We had no funds to quiet title (and neither did our two neighbors, who we have been operating with as a unit thus far). Our attorney confirmed that what I had been doing to stall was really our best course of action. A huge retainer would be required for another attorney with adverse possession experience to look at the case, and there are few N.J. lawyers with that experience.8. The changing of the LO's lawyers bought us time, but in May 2011 we received final notice, giving us a deadline to remove encroachments before LO did. Within 2 wks water began to come up from ground on LO's property. I got EPA involved to stall. Apparently LO's removal of a few trees (NEAR property we are claiming), disrupted the soil. The deadline for encroachment removal came and went and the LO didn't remove our encroachments. Soon LO put for sale sign up on his property. Years passed with no sale, and we never lost our possession.9. In Jan 2016, we heard that the LO died in an accident. The family sold land to developer. New LO paid 4 x what previously LO paid for land, so is very motivated to build.10. 4 mos. ago we were notified that new LO applied for a variance. Apparently the previous owner applied to town to build 3 houses, then 2, and now only one can be built because the EPA rejected all other applications. *Note: The new LO's attorney is the same attorney that represented us!11. 3 mos ago we went to town meeting where new LO brought his request for “Steep Slope” variance. Board determined that LO not prepared. We said nothing at meeting about our AP claim as we are using whatever strategies we can to stall. We did share our grave concerns about the water/flooding on our property coming down the “steep slope” .12. Years ago when the previous LO went for approval, the planning board would not even listen to anything about our AP claim. They told us to bring it to court and file a judgment before they would even allow “any nonsense about adverse possession into the discussion.” I suspect now is no different, and that they would be outraged if we even brought it up. This is likely to be the reason that the LO's attorney hasn't even acknowledged the clear conflict of interest. My goal is to stall long enough to have enough money for the hefty retainer needed to file an injunction. This should be in another 12-18 months.My current strategy:a. At meeting tonight we'll mention steep slope was already graded by the previous LO illegally (without a permit), causes flooding, and request a new land survey. If LO can't satisfy board with plans to circumvent the water tonight, the next meeting will likely be in Spring. In this case we will not mention AP tonight.b. If LO IS successful tonight, we'll complain about chain link fence the LO plans to install right on our property line which is only about 6 feet from our patio and inches from our hot tub. If LO is not successful in getting board to approve the fence tonight we will still refrain from mentioning our AP. If LO IS successful in getting approval for the fence, then we will go home and draft a letter saying that the attorney for LO has a conflict of interest as he represented us as the adverse possessors involving the same property, and we still are in possession of the property without interruption.- Are the strategies outlined above best course of action for us for now?-Tonight, if we request new land survey be done, who pays for it?- is there such thing as an environmental land survey?

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Is there a law in Michigan that states how far from a

Is there a law in Michigan that states how far from a property line a driveways needs to be?

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