I'm looking at buying home in a rural residential area, on one acre in Michigan. This home is at the road; my prospective neighbor is behind me (comparable acreage), and is on the river. My home does not have direct access to the river. The dirt driveway to her home runs through my property, sort of cutting through one side of it (approx 30 ft x 130 ft strip).
It's been there for many years and looks well established. It continues, of course, past my property line and into hers, up to her house. She feels that it can stay where it is, based on some sort of grandfather clause.
That driveway used to serve my house, before the garage was converted to a bedroom. So you'd turn onto that driveway, then turn again into my (former) garage. Or continue straight on the driveway to her home.
Is that grandfather clause true in terms of not being able to reroute that driveway off of my property? My purpose for change would be to unite my property and establish a driveway for her that is not on my property. Thanks ! /SP