Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Michigan

Q: We own a home on a shared lane. The other individuals whom use shared lane do NOTHING but tear up driveway. Our rights?

They harass us continuosly verbally and physically. We have called police numerous times and they do nothing! What can we do?

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Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
Answered
  • Howell, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Easements, private roads and shared driveways are a constant source of conflict and require some steady negotiation and cooperation on both sides! This is often problematic as there is often a feeling of 'this is my land you can't tell me what to do' going on regardless of the facts.

Your "rights" depend on what the 'sharing' agreement says, so without seeing that, your deed and any other documents that might affect things (is there an easement or shared driveway agreement?) it is impossible to provide specific guidance or advice. I'd strongly suggest taking the documents to a local real estate lawyer and determine what if anything can be done to protect you. At the very least, if the neighbor is threatening you or harassing you, it may make sense to call the police, but again, without seeing the details, it is impossible to provide real advice. Seek local counsel ASAP.

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