Denver, CO asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Colorado

Q: Am I allowed to walk my dog in an adjoined backyard space?

I live on a property with an adjoined backyard area with no fences. The adjoining property is a communal housing facility. I have been utilizing the full area for several months. I was told by the manager of the asking property that I'm no longer allowed to use "their" portion of the adjoined space.

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: The use of shared or communal spaces often depends on property agreements and the understanding between neighbors. If you have been using the entire adjoined space for a certain period, it might have established a pattern of usage. However, property managers or owners of the adjoining property can impose rules or restrictions regarding such shared areas.

If the manager of the adjoining property has informed you that you are no longer permitted to use "their" portion of the space, it's essential to respect their decision. It's possible that their communal housing facility has specific rules in place, and they are within their rights to manage and allocate the shared space as they see fit.

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