no man's land between lots, can it be fenced?
This isn't a disaster, I'm just curious if anyone knows how this commonly works.
Can a homeowner get legal right to some undeveloped property that sits between houses in a subdivision?
Behind the houses on my street there is an area that is basically just trees, with lots of brush and leaves, pretty overgrown. It runs the whole length of the block, varies in width in some places, and based on the lot sizes in our neighborhood, doesn't appear to belong to anyone.
Most of the lots have a fence at the end of the property line, that runs along the edge of the undeveloped area. One nieghbor however, right behind me, cleaned the area of brush and debris, and erected a fence around the area, extending his lot depth by maybe 20-30 ft. His fence is now up against my property line, and runs along the property line of my next door neighbor also.
This was in place when we bought our house, and I never would have known of the situation, but he told me what he did one day. He didn't mention whether he got any permission to do it, or if he thought it was legal or not.
It doesn't bother me, although it would have been a plus to have the wooded buffer between houses intact. It also would make our lot look much bigger than it is. They are very nice neighbors so I don't want to inquire about it with them and have them think I'm PO'd about it or anything.
Anyway, just curious if anyone has run into a situation where you can get legal ownership of that extra property. For all I know he asked the previous owners, and my next door neighbors if they minded and they said no.
I mistakenly told a coworker about the situation and he now calls the guy "the land baron", and says I should call the township to see if it's legal. LOL.