Real Estate

10 Legal Points for Maine Waterfront Owners on Sea Rise Erosion of Boundaries and Protective Seawalls

  1. Waterfront properties may shrink as the ocean rises and the rising low tide moves their waterfront boundaries inland.

Under Maine law, ownership of oceanfront land typically extends to the low tide mark, or 100 rods from high tide. As the low tide line gradually moves inland because of the rising sea level, so too will the waterfront boundaries move inland. Also, as land that was intertidal becomes permanently submerged, it will become State property, as the State owns all submerged land off the Maine coastline. (more…)

The Golden Girls Shared Housing Model – Comedy or Tragedy? It all comes down to planning!

Television has popularized the notion of older adults living together in a shared housing arrangement born out of financial or other necessity, but evolving into a mutually supportive environment, capped off by ensuing hilarity.  In real life, however, the results of a shared housing arrangement can be significantly less fun, especially if proper planning isn’t employed at the outset. (more…)

Is that a “Spite Fence”?

This common scenario plays out throughout all of Maine:  a homeowner sets out to complete a major renovation to improve a water view and over the course of the remodel, relations with a neighbor sour.  Maybe it was the construction crew that drove on the neighbor’s lawn without permission or maybe it is the expanded size of the newly renovated home that has generated the ill will.  Either way, the disgruntled neighbor has now built a tall boundary fence, which, coincidentally or not, obliterates that newly obtained view.  What can the homeowner do? (more…)