Shared Road Use Agreement
The simmering anger against private road maintenance agreements can provoke shouting at neighborhood meetings and even lawsuits. In one extreme case in rural Colorado, tensions were so high that neighbors threatened their neighbors with a pointed gun. Hatfield and McCoy-style showdowns are rare, real estate professionals say, but to avoid bad feelings — let alone potential complaints — it`s important to understand private road laws and understand what you`re getting into when buying land accessible through a common, private road. Here we help you navigate through the many possible pitfalls of private road ownership, including road construction, maintenance contracts, land costs, private road laws, and access. So remember, if you are looking at a property that has access to a private road easement, to contact your real estate agent and check the title report to see if there is a street maintenance contract. . . .