Owning Land

Gaining Legal Access to Landlocked Tracts

Few things are more troubling than discovering that there is no recorded access to property you own or property you want to own. Landlocked property is property that is locked up, meaning it’s surrounded by other property, and only accessible through the property that surrounds it. Landlocked properties are not uncommon and can be found anywhere, but it’s a good idea to try and gain legal access to the property for both convenience and legal reasons.

There are many reasons why a property may be landlocked, but when it happens, the question immediately arises: What can I do to get access?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no automatic right of access. Fortunately, there are a number of methods to consider in obtaining legal access to landlocked property. Pat Porter, owner and broker at RecLand Realty, shares how he obtained legal access from the neighboring landowner to a 40-acre tract he purchased about a year ago.

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About the author

Pat Porter

Pat is the owner / broker for RecLand Realty. RecLand specializes in selling hunting land, timberland, farms, & ranches in LA, AR, MS, TX, IA, & MO. See their company website at RecLand.net.

Pat, his wife, and three boys are land owners and enjoy hunting, shooting, and an outdoor lifestyle. They live in northeast Louisiana and are usually in the woods somewhere several times a week.

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