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My neighbor is blocking our right of way to our driveway so that we cannot use it

Wolcott, NY |

Basically our property maps show that we have a right of way of 20 ft of their land to use as our driveway/ to access our driveway. They are blocking us access by putting trailers in the space. They insist it is their land and we cannot use it. We had police involved, and he clearly could see we are right, however he cannot enforce them to move their trailers. He showed them our maps. She does not have any property maps to her property. I spoke to a land surveyor this morning who stated that those right of ways are still in exhistance and she cannot block us. I was prepared to pay for an entire new survey and map to prove it to her we are right, but cannot pay the $900 it will cost. What should my next steps be so that we can use are right away again?

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  1. You need a real estate attorney to confirm and advise you on how to enforce your rights, but if you cannot afford the $900 for a new survey, I wonder whether you will be able to find an attorney willing to take this case.


  2. Dear Property Owner:

    Easement litigation in New York State is complex and does not often end without a court decision or a ruling from an appellate court.

    The link below to a report of an appellate decision from a lawsuit involving a dispute over a right of way. Hiring an attorney early may save time and expense.

    http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ny-supreme-court/1597268.html

    Good luck.

    The answer provided to you is in the nature of general information. The general proposition being that you should try to avoid a bad outcome if you can.


  3. Hire an attorney. A letter from an attorney might solve your problem. If not, then they can go to court seeking injuctive relief.

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  4. Retain an attorney and seek a temporary restraining order (TRO)and preliminary and permanent injunction preventing them from blocking the right of way.

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