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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Maintenance $$ for a shared road to camp.

There are 2 other camps that share a gravel lane through our property to their cabins. One neighbor (who used the road the most) refuses to contribute to any maintenance on the road. The road has been taking it tough with the heavy rains the last 2 yrs. Is there any legal way to have him pay his fair share? I can't stop him from using the road, as he has a right of way through our property, but it's just the principle of it. I will be contacting a lawyer in the future, but wanted to see if anyone had any similar experiences. Thanks

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-19-2013, 01:22 AM
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Re: Maintenance $$ for a shared road to camp.

If the road is a Deeded right of way through your property, no. You own the ground the road sits on, they have a legal right to access via that road. Anyone with a good heart would help you, but to answer your question, No, they don't have to unless the Deed calls for shared maintenance.

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Re: Maintenance $$ for a shared road to camp.

If you own road footage, can you make yourself a new access road to your camp? Then not put another dime into the shared road, let the other two neighbors repair the road on there own.

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Re: Maintenance $$ for a shared road to camp.

Do you have to use that route in. If not why not let it get good and nasty. If he had no legal reason to help then I doubt he had a legal leg to stand on to make you upkeep the road. Two wrongs might not make a right, but they can make things fair.

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Re: Maintenance $$ for a shared road to camp.

I actually live in an older development like that except we have broken blacktop. The county refers to them as op roads meaning open to the public. Sure enough there are some willing to pay and others says screw it.
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Re: Maintenance $$ for a shared road to camp.

I guess it comes down to who has the better four wheel drive.

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Re: Maintenance $$ for a shared road to camp.

At the other camp (my families) there is a long road through the different camp areas and every one shared the cost guess that it is just a courtesy!

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Re: Maintenance $$ for a shared road to camp.

Fix the road as far as you absolutely have to and let the rest go to pot. Thats about all you can do. Of course, lots of things happen to private camp roads.....for instance, Trees fall on em all the time......just sayin.

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Go get a copy of the deeds at the courthouse. What they say is what is legal. Go back a few owners as words can be changed trying to cover the true intent of the orginal ROW. An attorney will want copies anyhow.
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Re: Maintenance $$ for a shared road to camp.

If it is deeded you have to allow access. I've never seen where access means maintaining the other parties ROW. Fix your part and let them stew in their puddles.

If the other camp is closer than the not paying guy's camp work w/ that one and leave the last part to the other party...

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