Clarksville, TN asked in Land Use & Zoning for Tennessee

Q: A builder wants to run his personal utility lines through my property against my protestations, can I prevent this?

The builder has purchased land behind my property to build his personal residence, and rather than follow the road to install his utilities he wants to cut through my property to shorten the distance and cost of installation. I've informed him we will not allow this action, and he is attempting to tell me that it will be done and there is nothing I can do about it. Further, he is attempting to intimidate me by "reminding me who owns all the land behind mine". I've been informed by two city departments that utilities cannot be laid across my land without my permission. What rights do I have in this matter?

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: You will need to hire a competent attorney now to conduct title searches on each tract. Then request Chancery to issue an Injunction after you post a Bond. It will be expensive and difficult, and you could lose due to his necessity. Once the lines go up, you have effectively lost.

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