Land use attorney highlights eight considerations when buying waterfront property
Detroit—June 23, 2020—Outdoor recreation seekers are flocking to the water now that summer is here and states have begun relaxing their COVID-19 restrictions, and that has some home buyers in search of shoreline properties for a longer-lasting waterfront experience. Lakefront homeowners and prospective buyers should understand, however, that the land adjacent to a body of water normally carries with it certain rights and restrictions relative to that water, according to Dalton & Tomichattorney Daniel P. Dalton, who represents clients in land use and zoning litigation.
“Beaches, boating and gorgeous sunsets should not be the only thing on people’s minds when looking for that ideal waterfront property,” Dalton cautioned. “There are many varying federal, state and local specifics within the law that dictate water access, where property ownership begins and ends, and the types of changes that can be made to the property. That’s why potential buyers need to know their water rights before purchasing a property.”
Dalton highlights eight key considerations to address before buying waterfront property:
“Owning waterfront land can be challenging; having a basic understanding up front on the issues involving water rights—including responsibilities and expectations—will help avoid buyer’s remorse and give homeowners the unique waterfront lifestyle they desire,” Dalton said.
Dalton & Tomich has written a Michigan handbook,Easements and Lake Access Guide: Riparian Rights and the Laws Governing Access to Michigan Waterbodies, that can be downloaded for free at https://www.daltontomich.com/easements-lake-access-and-riparian-rights/.
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