Hello, I am a homeowner
on a private road in Orinda, Contra Costa County. The road was designated as private decades ago - the developer offered the County to make the road public and was refused. The City followed suit. Our neighbors
have been maintaining the road without an agreement for about 20 years. Two neighbors have paid nothing (PGE, owner of 3 lots along the road) and one neighbor has underpaid. I've read posts hear about CC Sect. 845, which I read to mean that without an HOA
, owners are to maintain according to their use of the road. That law actually supports those neighbors not contributing because they use the road least. However they own much of the roadway. Is there any other legal relief for compelling them to pay toward maintenance
? The two owners have the worst condition of the road along their property lines so there is a potential safety and access hazard posed to everyone on the road. Thoughts?
JA: Is this a public or private road? Has there been damage to your vehicle from the road conditions?
Customer: As stated, the road is private. That's the problem. My question doesn't concern vehicle damage.
JA: Where is the property located?
Customer: on Mira Loma Road, Orinda, California
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?