Landowner with question about ROW/Easement
Hello. I'm a landowner needing advise in discovering a long-lost ROW or Easement and hope someone can give me advise.
I have a 4 acre parcel of land which, because of its configuration with cliffs and topography, the existing logging road into the property does not qualify for a building permit. There is no other way to gain legitimate access into this property to build a homestead except through a neighbor's parcel or parcels. I have approached the neighbors and none are willing to sell or grant access.
Now here's the interesting part: about 10 years ago a building supervisor for the town told me he heard there may be an easement into my property, but he wasn't sure. He has since left the building department and is unavailable.
I have gone to the county clerk's office and followed the trail of this parcel back in time to the early 1800's until the handwritten deeds were indecipherable. Back to that point in time all of the deeds have the same acreage and description, which means I think, I need to go back further or adjust my approach. I'm looking for some advise and suggestions on how I can find this supposed ROW/Easement. My parcel must have been cut out of another parcel so what must I do to find that parcel/deed in which I believe an easement/ROW may exist, if indeed that is what I must do.
The state you are in may make a difference in the answers. The member information says New York, but it could be a getaway parcel that happens to be in another state.
Thank you! This is in New York State County of Ulster.
You need to research the documents affecting the adjoiners through which this easement/ROW would pass. They are the ones being burdened so that is where the appropriate document would be filed.
I had an identical situation many years ago. Finally found the key words for the access easement in the adjoiniing parcel's history from deed action in about 1875. Those crucial words only appeared in one document in the entire chain of documents.
Ah. Good to know. So you are suggesting I research the history of deed chains for all surrounding properties? You are suggesting that in one of those there may be a reference to easement or ROW for the property that is in effect, land-locked?