My question involves an easement in the state of: North Carolina.
I am attempting to buy a house that has a named alley next to the house which leads to a small landlocked parcel behind the property I am trying to buy. This parcel of land is owned by the city and the only way to access the parcel is by way of this alley.
Upon contacting the city I have come to find out that the "alley" is actually an easement off of the property i am trying to buy.
I have an email stating that eventhough the landlocked parcel is owned by the city there are no water or sewer lines running back to it. The city has also never maintained the alley or landlocked parcel.
My question is what are my rights in reclaiming the "alley"? Would it become part of my property if I was to buy the house? I am going to have a title search and mapping done but am wondering if I should do it before I buy the house or after?
According to the city the "alley" appears on the city maps and is referred to in two deeds from 1884 and 1893 but the descriptions of the alley do not agree in the two 1800 documents.
Thanks in advance for any advice and please let me know if I missed anything.