Michigan Land Use & Zoning Questions & Answers

Q: I bought my house in 2015 and been living in it since 2011 where my Neigbor bought his house in 2011 from a bank.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Michigan on
Answered on Jul 30, 2017

Did you wisely invest in getting a new survey when you bought your house? Because if you did, you would know precisely what YOUR property lines are, irrespective of what your neighbor so advocates.
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Q: How do I acquire property where the owner is unknown and it has been vacant for at least 10 years or more?

3 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Answered on Jun 28, 2017

Please know that in Michigan an action for adverse possession requires 15 years.

To prevail there must be actual, visible, open, notorious, exclusive, hostile, continuous, and uninterrupted use of the property by the person filing for the right to possess the property. Just because the property is "abandoned," someone must be paying property taxes to keep it from tax foreclosure. My suggestion is that you go to the property tax department and see whose name is on the tax bill, then...
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Q: Can my township take my house if I don't replace my wooden siding with vinyl.

2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law, Construction Law, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Answered on Apr 20, 2017

Generally, no, if the reason for their request is because of "blight."

However, if your current home is posing a danger to the public, then they can condemn the property. Hard to know how "siding" can pose a danger to the community.
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Q: Can a local township ordinance disallow me from living in my building because it is zoned "industrial"?

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning for Michigan on
Answered on Dec 20, 2012

If the industrial zoning designation was made after you were already living in the building, then you may a have a good argument that your right has been "grandfathered." Typically zoning designations cannot be applied retroactively.

For more information on zoning law visit http://www.kassounilaw.com/land-use-law/zoning-law/.

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