What is the name of your state? Michigan
The first 40' wide by 50' long section of my driveway is an easement "reserved for ingress/egress for the two adjoining parcels to the North described as follows"... I own this easement (I pay the taxes) and my two neighbors only have the right of ingress/egress over it and no ones title grants any additional rights. My questions are:
The entire easement is currently paved and is cracked and in need of repair. When I do so my desire is to significantly reduce the amount of pavement, replacing about half with grass and some trees. So long as my neighbors continue to have a reasonable degree of ingress/egress, is it OK for me to grass and landscape a significant portion of this easement?
Do either neighbor have any right to use the easement for parking when they have visitors? One does so frequently (which explains why they don't want the pavement area reduced).
Do the neighbors have the right to locate their mail boxes on the easement? There are three mailboxes as well as some newspaper receptacles clustered on the easement and it looks like an unsightly apartment complex. The mail carriers can access the boxes just as easily if they were to relocate them to their land, so I would like them to do so.
I have approached my neighbors about my plan and both were supportive of repaving. However, neither want the pavement area reduced, and neither agreed to move or replace their mailboxes with something less unsightly. They both say that doing so violates their rights yet neither neighbor agreed to contribute anything to the cost.
As I plan to undertake this project anyway, I would like to eliminate the asphalt jungle look by reducing the pavement, adding more grass, trees or shrubs. What are my rights?What is the name of your state?