So, I’ve got a bit of a problem with a neighbor. With a bit of a complicated situation, so I humbly ask for some sort of much needed guidance in this situation.
First a poorly made ms paint map of the lot lines for reference, it’ll be needed
The grey areas are roads (minus in between the green, that is explained further on), purple is an existing fence, right on the lot lines. The yellow is an alley that ceased to exist around 1975, the property was turned over to the property owners.
The rest of the colors denote individual property lots, as indicated on the county provided platt map i have.
The gray in between my properties is the driveway to the garage for building “A”
Whew, now that the preface is over, on to the issue.
Last tax sale season, a gentlemen purchased the 3 “red color” properties behind my properties (mine are green).
A bit of history first, All properties marked with a #1 were previously owned by the same man, he slowly lost all of them to taxes over the course of about 15 years.
I bought one building, another guy bought a house and the titular neighbor bought the 3 properties marked in red.
The only house on his property is “Blg H” all other lots are nicely landscaped empty lots
After the neighbor purchased the property at the tax sale I saw him and his consorts wandering around on my property south of “Blg H”
I knew they had just bought the property and probably didnt know where the lines were, so I went out and said hello, welcomed them to the town and tried to get the lot line issues out of the way.
I had had “Building A” surveyed before I bought it some 20 years ago, so I knew right where the pins were and all that, all along the purple line in the graphic is a prexisting fence right on the lot line.
The man initially was fairly cordial, he started talking about getting rid of the vehicles parked on my property, so I stopped him and told him that he was on my property. He dismissed me and told me he knew where all the lot lines were and that he owned 8ft south of the purple fence.
I told him he was wrong, but didnt feel like getting into an argument about it as they left my property anyway so I left.
Fastforward a few days and he has pulled his car across all of the lots to the east of my properties and parked on my property to unload his car.
He used the old alley entrance (yellow) to the west. Now this alley has long since been blocked off, with the properties starting with “building A” going east all having fences and buildings obstructing the passage
The only way into the back of the properties is through either my driveway(gray between green) or by moving a parking block at the far west side and crossing over 3 properties to get to where he was parked. My driveway is always blocked, I park in it, I park my RV in it, its almost 70ft long.
So i had another exchange with the neighbor, once again I tried to explain as calmly as I could, he immediatly adopted a “go shove it” attitude. I got pissed, told him to get his shit off my property. He says he’ll move it “when hes done”
I was pretty hot so I called the cops, they came told him to move his car and stay off my property.
Fastforward another 2 weeks, late sunday night he does the same thing, this time with a rented box truck. I was irate, I go out there again and he has the truck hung up on my utility lines, I call the cops and the utility company. The asshole they send out fixes the problem by cutting my phone and internet lines and telling my they need to be higher (No vehicles are allowed back there, and he smelled like a beer keg exploded on him)
I have a minor freak out as I wont have phone or internet for at least 2-3 days, I also have a business that relies on these utilities.
I tell them to move the truck immediately, they do. I have already called the cops but they never show. I called again to make sure they received my complaint. I also have video and picture evidence of this transgression.
Regardless, a few days later the guy comes over and tries to apologize, then asks me to move my vehicles so he can use “his” driveway and see out his front window (see what I thought, the garbage can area I have behind the buildings?).
I tell him no, obviously, and then tell him I’m putting up a fence this spring so we dont need to deal with each other. He mutters something about legal action and leaves.
So i havent seen much of him other than the footprints in the snow going from his door down my driveway to the main street. But at this point I dont even want to bother getting in another fight, spring is a few weeks away and that fence is going up.
So the issue is really this:
This building he now lives in, “H” is built nearly exactly on the property lines, with less than 1-2 feet to spare on any side. Problem being, one of two entrances to “H” (the white dots) is empties directly onto my property.
But he owns all the property up the the other street, and needs to put in a driveway. Also, his other door has easy access to his property. ( I have been in “Building H” many times previous to his purchase.)
If I put up this fence, he will essentially have about 1.5-2 feet to access his main entrance which goes absolutely nowhere but down my drive. I feel like a jackass doing something like that, but he will not listen, I doubt trespassing charges will make any difference. I feel like this fence is my only option. I am still considering leaving him 3 ft, but I just feel like he will try to take advantage of anything i give him.
Well, if anyone made it through that textwall, commendations and thanks,
Few other thoughts,
-all of my properties are zoned commercial
- I planned on putting up the fence eventually anyway and making that area parking for tenants/customers.
-There are no easements or setbacks for fences.
-This felt like writing one of those bad logic questions. :rolleyes:
Does he have any legal recourse to block me?
Thanks for any thoughts, or even reading this long mess