Q: Help me under stand property ownership real estate laws. The perpetrators don't give two hoots about my health.
Can someone take over your property and enter, make changes, hookups to property, utilities,electrical
phone, water, heat, drill holes in walls. I am not a criminal I am old but not incompetent. . .even if this was so, my family should be contacted and they should be asked for permission. . .especially when hookups are damaging the property. . .I feel I am being "run over" on my property and someone is trying to run me out. I am very much alive and able to care for myself. . . I work outside the home (teaching) when I leave. . .someone is coming in. Today there is a lot activity, loud generator noise going on around and under my home. I have given no one permission to do anything to my house be it around, under or whatever. Please help me to understand who, what, when and and why this is happening to me. I'm the owner, No one has consulted with me and I do want everything removed and my house repaired. I have meter tags as proof of tampering.
A: The short answer is if you own the property free and clear and there are no other 'joint' or co-owners, then no -- you are in control of who enters your property.
That said, 'someone' and 'loud generator noises' set off 'alarm bells' -- WHO is 'someone'? Specifics are important! Was a
lineman for a utility company fixing a line that runs over your property? That would not be something that would concern me. Is the natural gas company servicing the line/your meter? Again, that is not necessarily something that is a concern, and they probably sent you some notice that the work would be done, and if it would interrupt service, they also arrange to relight pilot lights etc. On the other hand, if some unidentified 'someone' is digging holes under or drilling hols into your home without permission, THAT would be an issue, but again WHO is doing that?
You can't be vague about this, WHO is doing this and WHAT are they doing? Have you looked under your house to see what is making the noise? Is it something that was always there but is now malfunctioning and needs attention? Again, as the owner it is YOUR responsibility to control what is going on. Don't be 'afraid' of what is happening -- find out what it is!
There are many situations where utility companies can do work in and around your house. But in general, they will contact you first and make sure you understand what is happening. Other than that, there is no 'right' to enter someone elses property without permission. Seek local legal help if you feel your property is being used inappropriately.
--This answer is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship. I am licensed to practice in Michigan only. Please seek competent local legal help if you feel you need legal advice!
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