We purchased our property nearly 11 years ago with the understanding that our driveway (which runs directly through our property) is subject to a right of way to the neighboring property. This right of way is recognized and is recorded in the deed. When I purchased the property, I was required to sign a maintenance agreement with the neighbor, who operated a small business from the property, to share costs associated with the driveway, including snow removal, gravel, improvements, etc.
That business folded and the property was vacant for a few years. Last summer, another small business moved in and eventually the driveway and its usage came into question. I stated that I did not want customers using the driveway out of respect to my children and privacy, as they have a parking lot at the front of the business. In addition, I asked the owner to enter into a maintenance agreement to offset my costs.
Despite being as friendly and non-confrontational as I could be, all hell broke loose. The neighbor was irrational and severed our relationship, and among other things, refused to sign a maintenance agreement. Apparently, they feel that I should be solely responsible for all costs and/or labor, while they enjoy the comfort and convenience of using the driveway at their discresion.
We are in Pennsylvania, and I would greatly appreciate some direction of what my next move should be. I realize terminating the right of way is probably out of the question, but how do I get them to at least sign a maintenance agreement and assume some responsibility? Thanks!