What Services Do You Provide In Land Use Consultation And Analysis?
The services I typically provide relate to easement rights. Maybe a neighbor has been driving across a portion of someone’s property and they don’t want them to. Perhaps the public keeps walking through a portion of their property and the land owner is worried that someone might get hurt and they might be found liable. It can relate to nuisances, like a business emitting a foul odor or causing too much noise. Maybe the use is questionable under the zoning laws.
Private driveway easement use comes up a lot. Teenagers smoking and drinking in the alley behind their house or maybe someone who doesn’t live there using their ATV on the easement behind their house is common. Perhaps someone is storing property along a private driveway, which makes it unsightly to the other neighbors, or has dogs that they let roam free in the neighborhood, defecating all over people’s property. The possibilities can extend pretty much as far as your imagination can go.
How Do Zoning and Land Use Laws Affect Property Owners In California?
Sometimes, land owners will find themselves on the wrong end of a Code Enforcement investigation. Those can be very scary, as they come with big threats and large fines that accrue every single day. They can easily reach five figures. Having an attorney to help the landowner navigate that process can be the difference between getting away with a warning or losing your house. Code Enforcement, if they feel that the situation warrants it, can file a lawsuit against you. They can appoint a receiver to control your entire property and at that point, you would be required to leave. The receiver would take out a mortgage on the equity in your property to pay for all the expenses that the receiver deems necessary to fix whatever problem the Enforcement agency has applied. In those situations, it’s absolutely critical to hire legal counsel immediately.
The receivers, once they are appointed, will start billing for their own time. They are usually attorneys and they normally bill at around $400-$500 an hour. Every time they pick up the phone or send an email, they are going to bill for at least 10% of their billable rate. That’s not cheap and it adds up fast. The receiver’s mortgage that they take out is virtually impossible for the land owner to pay and then, of course, the next step is that the receiver sells the property to satisfy the lien. If there is anything left, the landowner may get to keep it. If not, they are left without a home.
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