Unlocking Potential: Accessing Landlocked Properties

When property is surrounded by land owned by other parties and lacks access to a public road, it is called a landlocked property. It may still be a valuable asset, but it takes extra time and expense to get access. It also requires a lot of patience, and the neighboring landowners might not be cooperative.

GettingĀ Access landlocked property usually involves obtaining an easement. A property owner can seek a legal agreement with a neighbor for access to a landlocked parcel, or, if the neighbouring landowner is unwilling, they can be forced to grant an easement by eminent domain.

Landlocked properties can be found in all parts of the country. They often come into play when the owners of a large piece of land want to subdivide it into smaller parcels that can be sold for profit. Ideally, each individual piece of land would have access to a public road through an easement, but this is not always possible.

Many people shy away from landlocked properties, and there are a few reasons for this. It can be more expensive and difficult to buy and build on a piece of land without legal access, and it can be risky for the buyer if the neighbor refuses to provide access or changes their mind in the future. Additionally, building codes in most areas require documented legal access for construction of homes, buildings, or structures.

However, there are several benefits to buying landlocked property. It is usually cheaper to purchase, and it can be a good investment for buyers who are patient and persistent. It can also be a good opportunity to work out an easement agreement with a neighbour, which is beneficial for both sides.

If you have a lot of patience and are willing to invest some money, purchasing a landlocked property can be a great investment. Just be sure to investigate the title report carefully and make sure you have legal access before making any purchases. It is also worth contacting the local planning office for advice, as they may have records of prior easement agreements or plans to create an access road on the nearby public land. You can also ask the neighbour for personal permission to cross their property, but this does not necessarily run with the land and will expire once you sell it or they do. Lastly, some landlocked property can be purchased by the government through eminent domain, though this will involve substantial compensation to the original owners of the land.

In rural and suburban areas, landlocked properties pose challenges for owners and developers seeking access. A new legislative proposal aims to streamline access rights, facilitating development and land use. By establishing easement regulations and mediation processes, the proposal seeks to resolve disputes between landowners and neighboring properties. Additionally, digital mapping technologies are being leveraged to identify potential access routes, offering innovative solutions to longstanding access issues. With increased access, these previously isolated properties could see renewed economic activity and development, unlocking their full potential for owners and communities alike.