He Owns the Alley Behind His New Home, but When His Neighbors Told Him They’d Sue if They Slipped There, He Took Drastic Action

A man recently shared a story about discovering he owned the alley behind his home. However, when his neighbors demanded he plow the alley when it snowed and told him they’d sue if there were accidents, he knew he had to take drastic measures.

New home

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The man wrote, “Last year, I bought a house in my area. It’s a really wonderful old red-brick.”

Unexpected bonus

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“When I was in the process of buying it, I discovered that the purchase also included the entirety of the alley,” he added. “I asked the realtor if this was true, and they said yes. I went to the courthouse to double-check and they confirmed it.”

Meeting the neighbors

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He met some of his new neighbors. He made a joke about charging them rent to use his alley. However, they didn’t see the funny side.

Angry reaction

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The neighbors flipped out at his comment. The man didn’t want to start off on the wrong foot, so he let it blow over.

Winter comes

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When winter arrived, the neighbors hassled the man to have the alley plowed. They told him that if he owned it, he was responsible.

Treacherous alley

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Another neighbor informed him that if they slipped and fell in the alley, they would sue him. He was sure they meant it.

Resolving the issue

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He needed to keep the neighbors happy, so he hired a friend to plow the alley whenever it snowed. But he had another trick up his sleeve too.

No trespassers

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The snow had thawed, but the man’s heart had not. He hired contractors to erect a gate at the entrance to the alley. He kept it locked and put up signs to say that trespassers would be prosecuted.

Unpopular neighbor

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The locked gate hampered his neighbor’s access to their garages. They were absolutely livid with the man. However, he was not prepared to budge.

Legal hot water

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In many ways, the alley was a curse. When the man realized he had to maintain it, he explored ways to relinquish his responsibilities. However, he decided that the best way to be safe was to cut off access for others.

Was he right to lock up the alley?

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His neighbors and family thought he took things way too far. However, he felt the threat of legal action forced his hand. He wrote to an online forum to get a fresh take on the drama.

The internet responded

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One poster wrote, “You’re legally liable for accidents on that property, so it would be negligent to let people use it freely without your knowledge. They’re used to doing that, so you need a barrier to prevent it. You’d be crazy to do otherwise at this point, honestly.”

While another chimed in to say, “You’re still gonna get sued, buddy. Homes with garages or drives facing an alley constructed before you owned the property? They can easily get an easement judgment.”

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