I am about to buy a property that has an unused right of way to serve it and the property next door. If the next door property decides to use the right away to build a driveway can I be held financially responsible for any costs?
1 Answer from Attorneys
You should be represented by a real estate lawyer in your area, and you should be buying title insurance from a reputable national title insurance company - company, not agent. If you are buying through an agent, be sure to request, in advance, an insured closing protection letter to be issued from the title insurance company.
The lawyer and the title insurance company can advise you about the right of way, if there is a recorded document that sets out the respective rights and responsibilities, and if, not, how you could correct that and what your options will be.
THIS RESPONSE IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE, SINCE I DO NOT HAVE ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT WOULD BE REQUIRED, AND I DO NOT HAVE A REPRESENTATION AGREEMENT WITH YOU.
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