Houston, TX asked in Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Municipal Law for Texas

Q: Im harris county who owns the parkway the city or person ?

I’ve been having trouble with my neighbor she complains about us parking on her left parking spot on the road infront of the side walk . She complained about the car getting on the grass sometimes and we have fixed that issue now she’s complaining and threatening to sue or give us a ticket for trespassing because we walk on it sometimes . I wanted to know if that’s even her property or the city

1 Lawyer Answer
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Generally speaking a public road and the area immediately beside it is owned by the owner(s) of the adjacent land but it is subject to a public access easement. A survey would be necessary to determine the exact line where the easement ends. As long as you remain in the area subject to the public access easement, your neighbor likely will not be able to persuade law enforcement to issue a ticket for trespassing.

It is generally considered to be rude and inconsiderate to park in front of someone else's home without an invitation from the owner or occupant of that home, but it is not illegal per se unless there is signage limiting parking in that area.

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