Millersville, MD asked in Real Estate Law, Construction Law and Land Use & Zoning for Maryland

Q: do I HAVE to agree to a free, new well drilled for me (as required by co) so a company can build next door?

I like things the way they are, and can afford to pay for a new well myself should I ever need it.

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: I know of no way to generalize to give you decent advice without reviewing the survey, running a title search for easements, and understanding exactly what the developer wants and needs. Generally, however, you do not need to agree with anything on your land unless your neighbor has an easement to that thing. Further, if the developer needs access to your artesian well in order to get his neighboring land zoned, you are in a rather fabulous position unless you are foolish enough to try to negotiate this yourself with no preparation. Do yourself a favor, and retain a real estate lawyer to look this over, and give the lawyer a budget. If you are broke and can't afford it, tell the developer you need legal advice before you can agree to anything, and tell him to pay for it.

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