I live in Michigan, and have a deeded easement over small corner of neighbors property. I previously owned the property, drafted, signed and recorded easement prior to sale of the property. Original purchaser of property signed the easement as a witness and had no issues with use of the property. The easement was granted to owners of adjacent property (currently myself and another neighbor as we share split lots) for purposes of driveway easement to an existing road.
The easement spells out a 15’ driveway. Historically we never used the full 15’ and the property is on a small slope. We had placed some landscape timbers (2 high) on one side of the easement with permission from previous owner. We have had no issues with this driveway since 1995 (prior to easement being recorded in 2000). The neighbor had a survey done and found that easement is in fact 5’ East of historical use. I have no dispute with survey placement of easement or lot lines. However, this now has the timbers dead center of easement so drive area is now essentially unusable.
We removed the timbers to provide passage, and neighbor immediately called police who told us to stop until the issue was settled. Then the neighbor replaced removed timbers, making passage over this area difficult or close to impossible without damage to vehicles.
My question is : What rights do I have to remove these or what other suggestions would anyone have to get this cleared up??