Newark, NJ asked in Real Estate Law and Municipal Law for New Jersey

Q: Land adjacent to my proprty was a paper St. for 40 years. Now a lot, and avail 4 sale. Shouldn’t it go to adjcnt owners?

Shouldn’t it have gone to the adjacent owners when the street idea was abandoned and not become a lot? What is the law for ownership of paper streets in NJ?

1 Lawyer Answer
Matthew Schutz
Matthew Schutz
  • Flemington, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: There is not enough information to give you a definitive answer. There are two possibilities. If the right-of-way is an easement for the public road, then you have a claim. If the right-of-way for the road was sold to the municipality outright, then you do not. You would need to have the title checked and determine the nature of the right-of-way.

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