Peter N. Munsing's answer You need to consult with an attorney who handles property issues in the County, for the reason that you may want to claim adverse possession if you can tack on the previous owner's use of it, and then get possession of the additional property. You have a defense to being compelled to take care of a structure that's not yours. But if you can get the whole property, then maybe it's worth it to take that direction.
Mark Scoblionko's answer The questions you ask can only be addressed after consultation with a lawyer. The lawyer would need to take a history from you, view either the property itself or good pictures, and search the title. Additionally, communication with the township or its counsel would be necessary to try to determine why and on what basis they did what they did.
Mark Scoblionko's answer It makes a big difference if the shared deed (a) recognizes the two individual parcels and references surveyed legal descriptions for each, or (b) everything is referenced together as a single tract, with a single legal description.
If (a): You would require consent by the mortgagee, which would release the tract being sold from the lien of the mortgage. At that point, you would simply give a deed for the parcel being sold.
If (b): You would need to hire a surveyor to survey...
Mark Scoblionko's answer If the house belongs to your uncle and you have no lease, he can force you to leave. It is possible that you could could sue him to recover the costs of the improvements you made to the property, but you would have to review all this with a lawyer to outline all of the facts, such as, whether he knew that you were making the improvements.
Mark Scoblionko's answer If there is an agreement between the parties to re-locate the right of way, you can do that. If there is no agreement between the parties to re-locate, a lawyer would have to review any recorded right of way instrument to determine if the right of way can be re-located. If there is no recorded right of way instrument, a lawyer would have to review the whole situation to see what kind of rights your neighbor has. For example, if his property is landlocked, he may have an "easement of...
Mark Scoblionko's answer You can contact the township's Zoning Officer for an answer to that question. I am sure that Lower Merion has a website that will give you the name of the person and contact information.
Mark Scoblionko's answer You can, in order of preference (1) ask/demand that the person leave; (2) demand rent in whatever amount you select, and allow the person to stay; or (3) hire a lawyer and sue the person to compel the person to leave.
Peter N. Munsing's answer Check your title. Note where the easement is refered to (though it could be a separate document ). Go to the Recorder of Deeds office for your county. Look up the title for the neighbor you mention. See if his title has an easement, or if there is a separate easement recorded. Make a copy of that. The easement is the easement.
Peter N. Munsing's answer Go to the Recorder of Deeds for your county, look at his title and see if there is an easement granted or if one is separately recorded (look at yours to know what you are lookingfor)
Peter N. Munsing's answer The problem is to get around this you'd have to file some expensive and time consuming legal proceedings that would cost more than the sidewalk bill. If you want to repair the sidewalk you need to get the boro to clear it--and take care of any roots.
Remember--the boro is elected. Get enough people in a boro meeting and apply pressure on the tree commission and you should be able to work out a change in their practices.
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