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Several residential properties in my little town in TX are

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Several residential properties in my little town in TX are owned by the County in which I live. Some vacant lots. Some occupied residential homes. The county is listed as "trustee." Maybe a tax sale or other similar reason? Since the county is listed as the owner, does that make this "public" property? If I wanted to go use my metal detector in that yard, or on that vacant lot, would I have to ask permission? Or, do I have rights of access? Never access into a home. Only to the yard or vacant lot.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  CalAttorney2 replied 1 year ago.

Dear Customer,

While the property may be publicly owned, this is not the same as providing public access.

If you would like to use a metal detector (I assume you would also like to investigate to see if you can find anything, and perhaps remove such items), you will want to contact the County to get permission.

As management of County property is not always within the same department, you may want to start by contacting your elected official (County Supervisor) and ask their office to assist you - they will have contact information, etc. to assist you in finding the proper person to secure permission to access these sites (if they are willing to do so).

Failure to get permission to access these sites is trespassing.