Q: Neighbors are using my private road as an address without my permission-How can I force them to change their address?
About 6 years ago, my predecessor gave a new non-landlocked household permission to connect to my private road, for ingress/egress & as an address (without granting an easement). A few weeks ago, I revoked my predecessor’s permission, via an attorney letter. During the process, I requested they change their address, to reflect their new connection to a public road & they agreed. However, they ultimately did not change their address & they are still using my private road for addressing purposes (without my permission). Their guests/contractors, have trespassed on our property on 3 instances & have damaged one of the hedge plants we installed between our properties. Could you please inform me how I can legally force my neighbors to change their address & the approximate cost? Please note my property is located in Indian River County Florida. Your feedback will be most helpful & greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your help & have a great day.
A: The US postal service assigns addresses. Addresses are not assigned privately. Contact the US postal service to resolve your issue. That would be the local Post Office.
What they report to the Postal Service and others as their address is not the problem; the problem is the fact that the driveway is used as access. You hired an attorney to send them a letter; ask that attorney how much the attorney would charge you to seek an injunction and other relief, such as a gate.
The fact that they are landlocked also raises other questions: how did they become landlocked landowners? They might have the right to an easement by necessity.
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Sounds like you already have a lawyer familiar with your situation and who provided at least some advice on the matter. You should probably get back to him/her to clear up your residual issues.
On the other hand, it sounds like you need to attend to the remaining items in a practical way. As to mail items, write "return to sender" on the envelopes and have them returned. As to the road access, can you put up a sign and gate of some sort blocking anyone's access but your own?
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