My question involves real estate located in the State of: Pennsylvania
The neighbors behind me have a right of way/easement to use a small alley that is on my property along the side of my house. They are not landlocked and their front door is on a different street. The owner of the property does not live there but rents it out; over the years there have been many different renters. I am not happy about having this situation as it potentially invades my privacy and decreases safety. My deed says nothing about them having a right of way, it just states that I own that alley. Their deed says they have use. The title to my house says they have rights of ingress and egress - an agreement that was made over 60 years ago. To be fair, the owner has agreed that his tenants will only use the alley if absolutely necessary and not as their main entrance to their house, they are not to store anything in the alley, and they cannot share the keypad code with anyone. I installed a security camera and none of his tenants have used the alley in over a year.
It has recently come to my attention that it is typical for the dominant tenant - who has the easement rights - to maintain the easement. I - the servient tenant who owns the property - have been the one doing this all this time. I keep it clean, I replaced the door at the end of the alley and put in a new key pad lock, and recently I paid thousands of dollars to have the walls of the alley repaired, which has increased the safety of the area and made it more structurally sound. Is the dominant tenant responsible for any of the cost? Again, it is only recently that I happened upon the information of who typically maintains an easement.