Can a neighbor build a mailbox on my property in AA County, MD?

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Can a neighbor build a mailbox in the easement area of my property? I live on a corner lot. As you face my property, on the right, there is the main road. On my left, Neighbor (A) has a driveway ONLY, that allows them access to their parcel of land, set back behind me and Neighbor (B). Neighbor (A) has zero easement area in front of his driveway. The builder placed a mailbox for Neighbor (A) on my property, in the easement area. I was ok with this, trying to be a good neighbor. Now, 15 years later, this neighbor has become, “that neighbor”. You know, the one we all dread...always making noise, being mean, causing trouble, rude, scary, etc.


Neighbor (A) started to stack concrete blocks around the mailbox post. They are not permanent, just stacked. It started out as just one layer, three in the shape of a C. Then later another layer of three and now a third layer of three. It’s very unsightly and it’s on my property. We have HOA rules that need to be followed and these blocks are non-compliant. However, let’s get to my big problem...it’s my property and Neighbor (A) is basically building a new structure on it. He swears because it’s in the easement, that he can, that it’s allowed. He is not a rational man, he once referred to himself as “The King” in an email once.


Does anyone out there have advice, past experience with this? Can I move the blocks? I asked him to move them. I advised he was trespassing to even place the blocks, which could be considered dumping or abandoning property?


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  • I would go straight to the HOA and get them involved that way they will go after him

  • Gk Gk on Apr 18, 2020

    You need to let the HOA handle it. Not only will you get the correct information so will your neighbor. Obviously he is not willing to cooperate with you.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 18, 2020

    Call the president or contact person of your HOA and explain this to them. You pay them to solve these types of problems.

  • William William on Apr 18, 2020

    Contact the HOA first. They can make a determination. Also property records should show what the easement can be used for. You also should have a Plat of Survey for your property that you can present to the HOA. That should be with your purchase contract when you bought the home.

  • Dee Dee on Apr 18, 2020

    Call your county assessors office, they can tell you if they can build on your property.

  • No, not unless you give them permission.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Apr 19, 2020

    Hi Gary, so sorry to hear you're having an issue with your neighbour. He sounds like he has a few problems. I would suggest you get the HOA involved. They will have access to all the rules, regulations etc. and have the power to act and force him to take it down if necessary. Best of luck, I hope it gets sorted out.

  • Definitely go to your HOA first. Especially if it's your property, you need it on record that it's not you doing this. Depending on how efficient they are (we've had the best and worst of ones) they should be able to either help or send you to the next step. Good luck! Hugs, Holly

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 19, 2020

    Hi Neighbor from Baltimore Co, MD.

    HOA's are the proper way to go, have ready your property survey (yes, this will cost you some money), don't be surprised that he may get one also and contest yours. This could end up in court, to hopefully avoid that take it up with the HOA. A concern is that you and the HOA have let this go on so long, that may count in his favor, sorry, in spite of the drama.

    Is there another place where he can put a mailbox?

    Here is a link that can hopefully guide you:


    https://homeguides.sfgate.com/enforce-deeded-easement-95212.html


    Best to you.