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October 10, 2004
Dear Mr. Azrael: I bought my house 11 years ago. At that time, there was an existing fence on my back property line, which belongs to my neighbor. Recently, my neighbor built a new fence next to the old one, leaving the broken fence in place. I always have believed the fence was on my property, and with the new fence up, I want to have my back property line surveyed. How long do I have to get my property surveyed before the existing fence line is deemed accurate? If the fence is on my side of the boundary line, what would my neighbor and I have to do?
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
Inspectors will begin examining small sewer lines leading to at least 9,000 homes in Baltimore under a new five-year initiative Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is set to announce Tuesday. The Department of Public Works is expected to begin the inspections in North Baltimore's Idlewood neighborhood in the coming weeks. Inspectors will use cameras to check for blockages in the lateral lines that connect underground pipes from houses to the sewer system. The workers won't need access to homeowners' properties, nor will the inspections involve tearing up streets or sidewalks, said Jeffrey Raymond, a public works spokesman.
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NEWS
By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2003
A piece of the hotly debated $1.5 million extension of the Grist Mill Trail in Patapsco Valley State Park may be illegally located on land owned by railroad giant CSX Corp., a company official said yesterday. Representatives from CSX met with state Department of Natural Resources officials yesterday to discuss the potential problem. The state Department of Natural Resources will investigate, John Surrick, a DNR spokesman, said after the meeting at CSX offices in Catonsville. "We are going to work with them to determine where their property line is," Surrick said.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
Living in the shadow of the Naval Academy chapel, Ellis Richman and his wife, Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt, are exactly where they want to be - nestled in the heart of historic Annapolis. Theirs is no ordinary house among a bevy of notable properties. Woven into the rich tapestry of Colonial architecture that marks Maryland's capital city landscape are the grande dames of Queen Anne-style homes erected in the Victorian era. The couple owns one of a twin pair of homes built in the early 1890s by lumber and hardware merchant Joseph S.M. Basil.
NEWS
By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1999
Down Old Court Road, where the subdivisions of Randallstown dissolve into the cornfields and woods of Patapsco Valley, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church hopes to build a church for its growing suburban membership.But first, the church will have to go around -- or through -- Janice and Owen Weaver's house.The Weavers' two-story house sits on a right of way Bethel wants for access to its 255-acre property near Granite.Though neighbors worry that Bethel's large church will disrupt the tranquillity of the neighborhood by adding traffic to rural roads and taxing wells, the Weavers fear they might lose their home.
BUSINESS
By Jonathan A. Azrael | January 12, 2003
A reader wrote asking for more information about tree liability: "Yes, by law you or I can cut back to the property line anything that hangs in or over our property without obtaining permission from a neighbor. But what if you need to cut back further than your property line to stop the damage to your property but your neighbor refuses to give permission? What happens and what is my liability if that tree dies because of my cutting? I have been advised that if the tree dies, my neighbor can sue me. "I have an extremely large black walnut tree almost on my property line.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2000
Dear Mr. Azrael: My neighbor several years ago filled in a low area on their property, changing the contour so that rainwater now drains onto my property. Much of the fill was being pushed past the property line. I dug a drainage ditch along my side of the property line to divert water back where it formerly drained. I did this to stop erosion of the bank between us, which was created 60 years ago by a previous owner, and was not a problem until [my neighbor] filled the low areas of their property.
BUSINESS
December 22, 2002
Some readers want to know their legal rights when tree branches or roots encroach on neighboring property. Dorothy J. Kelso, of Timonium, has a tree on her property, located 2 to 3 feet from a street that was widened some years ago. The branch of Kelso's tree extends across her property line over the next-door neighbor's driveway as well as the street. Recently, a branch from the tree fell on the roof of a new car owned by Kelso's neighbor. The neighbor contacted her insurance company and it paid for repairs.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2002
Dear Mr. Azrael, My wife and I moved into our home last summer. There is a line of tall, 30-year-old, white long-needle pines along the property line to the left of our house. The pines were planted staggered, one about three feet on my property, the next about six feet down the property line and three feet off the property line, and so forth. I would like to remove the trees and replace them with a line of cedar or arborvitae that do not grow as wide or as high as other evergreens. These new trees would act as a border between our two properties.
NEWS
By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer | April 17, 1994
If the earth hadn't collapsed under Wendell and Patricia Hart's driveway and under the pine trees along one side of their property, the couple might never have found out that Carroll County allows builders to bury construction debris on home sites.The Harts were lucky that no cars were in the driveway of their home near Winfield when the sinkhole opened and that neighborhood children didn't fall into the 12-foot-deep fissure at the side property line."If a pet or child had gone down into [the fissure]
EXPLORE
September 10, 2012
This is a great nation and I'm proud to be an American. This country affords us numerous freedoms and quality of life. As a good American, I pay my taxes and bills, give to charities and help others who are less fortunate. My mother, school teachers and those I've come to admire and trust throughout my life have taught me, among other things, to respect others and the value of following rules. Rules are essential in society to prevent chaos and protect the common people. I follow the rules and expect others to do the same.
NEWS
September 1, 2011
It's easy for me to give BGE the benefit of the doubt as they work to restore electricity to 230,000 Baltimore area residents still without power - unlike most of my neighbors, I never lost electricity during the storm ("Feeling powerless," Aug. 30). However, based on our experience attempting to discuss tree pruning with BGE over the past several years, I think BGE avoids doing preventive work that could reduce the number of people who lose power in storms. Our neighborhood has overhead power lines running down the back property line, and there are many old oak trees with large limbs lying on or just above the BGE wires.
NEWS
Jacques Kelly | May 13, 2011
The spot on the calendar each year between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness is reserved. Sometime within those two weeks I accomplish housecleaning. It's a date to truly abolish winter and dispose of any lingering Christmas tree needles. It's a time to strip wool blankets from the bed. It's a time to haul out a bathing suit and consider the possibilities of fitting into it. This year's housecleaning ordeal is now over, but not before I made three trips to the hardware store and another to Costco.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | September 20, 2009
The Friendly Inn on Frederick Road in Ellicott City can have an outdoor patio despite opposition by some nearby residents, according to a decision by Howard County's hearing examiner. The owner of the once-rural bluegrass bar must wait to see whether appeals are filed and must obtain permission from the county liquor board, but Jason Cooke is hopeful that he will be able to proceed. The patio would likely open by next spring, he said. The decision prohibits outdoor music or a roof over the patio and would not allow patrons of an existing snowball stand to use it. Examiner Michele L. LeFaivre's decision requires either a 3-foot-high fence or 3-foot-high planters bordering the 1,128-square-foot patio and limits access to the outdoor seating to and from the restaurant.
BUSINESS
By JAMIE SMITH HOPKINS | May 9, 2008
If good fences make good neighbors, then you'll want to know the extent of your property. How else can you figure out where to put the fence? Don't rely on the "location" or "mortgage" survey conducted at the time of sale. That's done to assure the lender that the house is inside the property lines, said John V. Mettee III, vice president of Frederick Ward Associates, an engineering, architecture and surveying firm in Bel Air. It's not very useful for telling you if that tree that needs trimming belongs to you or the Joneses next door.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2005
Q. I share a driveway, which is not working out very well. I would like to divide the drive by [installing parking-space barriers] ... on my side. ... Do I have to inform anyone first, and is it legal? A. Your rights may depend on whether the driveway-sharing arrangement is formalized by a written easement or maintenance agreement. Often, the owners of properties that share a common driveway record an agreement in the land records. The agreement spells out the right of each property to use the driveway and may require the owners to share the cost of repairs and snow removal.
NEWS
November 20, 1997
PoliceSykesville: A business owner in the 1500 block of Old W. Liberty Road told police Sunday that someone stole 16 cypress trees between 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Sunday. The trees were 3 to 4 feet tall and planted along his property line. The loss was estimated at $400.Eldersburg: Employees at Carrolltowne Village Apartments told police that the rental office was vandalized and property stolen between 7 p.m. Monday and 7: 45 a.m. Tuesday. The loss was estimated at $955.Pub Date: 11/20/97
BUSINESS
October 21, 2001
Dear Mr. Azrael, My neighbors removed and discarded the original fence between our properties. They then erected a new fence, which was placed approximately 6 to 12 inches into their property. We have been left with 6 to 12 inches of additional yard space, which we may now have to maintain. This has disrupted planting beds, other improvements we had made to our yard and the slope of our yard. This will cause us to do additional landscaping work. We need to know what our options are. Do we now legally own this property and if so, should we get this in writing?
BUSINESS
May 29, 2005
I read with great interest your piece on boundary lines. My situation is similar, but my neighbor's house extends past the property line by about 12 inches, counting the roof overhang. This was not discovered until she had a certified survey done in dispute of the placement of my fence. I had a Realtor come to my house to discuss selling, and he informed me that it was a problem that had to be taken care of before I could sell. Now my neighbor has sold her house, and I don't know what to do. Any help or advice would be appreciated.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2004
Dear Mr. Azrael: I bought my house 11 years ago. At that time, there was an existing fence on my back property line, which belongs to my neighbor. Recently, my neighbor built a new fence next to the old one, leaving the broken fence in place. I always have believed the fence was on my property, and with the new fence up, I want to have my back property line surveyed. How long do I have to get my property surveyed before the existing fence line is deemed accurate? If the fence is on my side of the boundary line, what would my neighbor and I have to do?
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