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Old 04-28-2024, 07:49 AM
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Any of that stuff should be legalized, documented on paper and verified by an attorney.
It won’t necessarily stop a douchebag neighbor from trying to pull anything stupid, but at the end of the day the legal status should put any nonsense to rest.

I have actually owned properties with shared amenities/utilities/easements. Fortunately I never had any neighbor disputes or issues, but I always did due diligence and made sure everything was legal and what responsibilities were in place. No issues when I sold because everything was legit and clearly described legally on paper.
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Old Yesterday, 01:03 PM
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The problem when you share something with a neighbor if they try to stop you from using whatever it is you have to get a lawyer. It can take a lot of time and money. If you have both and don’t mind disputes then it’s fine to take the risk.

Personally it was miserable for us and being younger with 3 kids we couldn’t afford to get a lawyer. We called the police but because we both owned the shared driveway they couldn’t do a thing.
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Old Yesterday, 06:48 PM
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Well we bought our home last year, and we love it. The only negative is it has a "semi" shared driveway. By this I mean that the driveways are "separate" but actually butt up to each other closely and you have to be careful how you park so everyone can get out. Fortunately our neighbors are reasonable considerate most of the time and it isn't a big issue. But given my druthers I would prefer a different arrangement.
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Old Today, 12:43 PM
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The home would require a significant discount for me to even continue to evaluate. And then, I would be asking how much would a new system cost to be put in (without sharing).

Kudos to the OP for understanding the potential of this problem.
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