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Sadly I cannot find ONE single person who will help me in all of SC in terms of understanding rights of the City vs. my property(back yard) rights. So I come to the place where we all pretend to know things....The Huddle.

I come home from work and see two guys with heavy machinery dropping off a storm drain basin in my back yard. It is 4x4 with a man hole cover and they were about to start digging in my yard.

The curb has a storm drain that runs under my property and the city decided to approve, desiginate my back yard as a place to put in a new storm drain to catch excessive water runoff from the other houses...never rally a problem in the 4 year I have lived in my house. I would not have bought it if it had a concrete eyesore postage stamped in the back yard. It will be about 6 inches off the ground.

I am pretty sure I am S.O.L but to not once be notified about this only finding out bc I walked upon it is total ASSSZ! The city does have easement rights and it is withing thiose lines.

Because I kicked the construction guys off my yard I had a meeting where the city planner, contracter and a rep from DR Horton come over and as I had concerns about someone cutting through my yard and injuring themselves on the drain(am I responsible?), being an eyesore devaluaing my property value and digging in the area tearing up my underground irrigation system.

They said they would replace and sod the affected areas, possible shrubbery to hide it and repair my irrigation system.

I do want to hurt these people but my ninja suit in is put away as I swore to never spill blood again.

Does anyone know if I have any right to delay this or appeal it as I have yet to get any notice despite alterations to my property and equipment.

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The property I grew up on had some land taken away to redo a road. There were several town council meetings (or some such nonsense) and my dad fought it all the way. We had 24 acres of pine woodland and my dad spent years making it look nice.

 

End of story was he got a weak check and there was jack-poop he could have done.

 

Anyway after that neat story...my point is there often is a process involved. What they have offered to do is probably fair under the law. I would like to think you could claim damages for decrease in your home vale. If you want to fight it I would get a lawyer and find out if the city missed a technicality or if there is some other obscure regulation you can use. Even if they weren't allowed to approach your property that will not stop them from doing what they are doing.

 

Good luck!

 

Also post pictures.

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The property I grew up on had some land taken away to redo a road. There were several town council meetings (or some such nonsense) and my dad fought it all the way. We had 24 acres of pine woodland and my dad spent years making it look nice.

End of story was he got a weak check and there was jack-poop he could have done.

Anyway after that neat story...my point is there often is a process involved. What they have offered to do is probably fair under the law. I would like to think you could claim damages for decrease in your home vale. If you want to fight it I would get a lawyer and find out if the city missed a technicality or if there is some other obscure regulation you can use. Even if they weren't allowed to approach your property that will not stop them from doing what they are doing.

Good luck!

Also post pictures.


Yeah every lawyer in Columbia(The fricking capital) put me off on someone else. I could not find anyone as I booted them off my property last wed...had the meeting this past Monday...not one Lawyer..who advertises real estate law or easements had an interest in this....probally a lose lose..not worth the money type thing.

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Yeah every lawyer in Columbia(The fricking capital) put me off on someone else. I could not find anyone as I booted them off my property last wed...had the meeting this past Monday...not one Lawyer..who advertises real estate law or easements had an interest in this....probally a lose lose..not worth the money type thing.

 

Ah you already went the lawyer route.

 

Man I think you are fugged.

 

Last ditch effort. See if WLTX or anyone has one of those whistle blowers segments. They will not want to deal with it but if you are the guy sitting out front of his house in a chaise lounge with a shotgun you will get some pub.

 

And then the lawyers will be flocking to you.

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Ah you already went the lawyer route.

Man I think you are fugged.

Last ditch effort. See if WLTX or anyone has one of those whistle blowers segments. They will not want to deal with it but if you are the guy sitting out front of his house in a chaise lounge with a shotgun you will get some pub.

And then the lawyers will be flocking to you.


Que dressing like a ninja montage...its on!
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do you have the original closing docs that might have something about the easement in there?

 

let me kick around this to my real estate lawyer buddies to see what they say/think.

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The easement is there so it is why I am apprehensive. Seems like when they are leaving behing a lovley concrete drain with a manhole cover in my backyard I should be able to recoup some marginal loss of property value...or stop this crap...they should start digging tommorow. Whoohoo!!

I am pretty sure this is some NSA stake out bc I pied one of Venom's posts.
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It could be worse.  They are getting ready to build one of those six flags over Jesus type churches in my back yard.  I'd take a few deep breaths and let it go.

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A lawyer cannot do jack shit until you get a surveyor on it.

Only a licensed surveyor can tell you what's up here. Once the surveyor does his research and review then a lawyer can help.

Let me know if you need some names.

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Your closing docs should have had a survey map in there, and the easement should have been noted on that survey.  Check and if it was marked when you closed, then you're screwed.  You can however try and get them to plant shrubs, etc around it to try and hide it from view. 

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I cannot wait to have rabid cat jump out of there!!

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Put up a small pet cemetery and see if that buys you time.
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