You asked: Do I own the land my house sits on?

Generally speaking, it’s likely that you own the property underneath and around your house. Most property ownership law is based on the Latin doctrine, “For whoever owns the soil, it is theirs up to heaven and down to hell.” There can be exceptions, though.

When you buy a house do you own the land it sits on?

Typically, when you purchase a home, you do own whatever lies in and around the property. However, in some parts of the country, homeowners are realizing the land they paid for does not include the land beneath it. Another party, home builders or home sellers, may own the mineral rights.

Is it possible to own a house but not the land?

Real estate has long been the go-to investment for those looking to build long-term wealth for generations. … Under a ground lease, tenants own their building, but not the land it’s built on. Since this is a lesser-known type of leasing structure, here’s a primer on ground leases for real estate investors.

Do you own the ground under your property?

Property owners, you – and your bank – definitively own your home. … Property rights were originally governed by the ad coelum maxim: whoever owns the soil, holds title all the way up to the heavens and down to the depths of hell.

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Do I really own my land?

In spite of the way we normally talk, no one ever “owns land”.. In our legal system you can only own rights to land, you can’t directly own (that is, have complete claim to) the land itself. You can’t even own all the rights since the state always retains the right of eminent domain.

How far under the ground do I own?

As for how much of the land below your property you own, there’s no real limit enforced by courts and there have been cases of people being prosecuted for trespassing on other people’s property for digging even in the thousands of feet below the ground in the search for oil.

How far above my house do I own?

While the Supreme Court hasn’t explicitly accepted that as the upper limit of property ownership, it’s a useful guideline in trespass cases. Therefore, unless you own some very tall buildings, your private airspace probably ends somewhere between 80 and 500 feet above the ground.

Can you claim land if you look after it?

Generally speaking, if you have been occupying lands that you do not own, rent or otherwise have permission to use in excess of 12 years (or in the case of Crown lands 30 years), without any objection from the registered owner, you can claim what is known as “adverse possession”.

Who owns the verge in front of my house?

Do I own my verge? No, you do not own your verge. The Local Government Act 1995 provides for local governments to care for, control and manage public land. Your verge is ‘crown land’ under the control of your local government.

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Do you ever really own your home?

You don’t own your home “free & clear” because if you stop paying your property taxes, you will lose your home. … Unless you have an allodial title to your property (which is practically nonexistent in the US), you don’t really own your home, even if you don’t have a mortgage since you have to pay property taxes.

What are your rights as a property owner?

The main legal property rights are the right of possession, the right of control, the right of exclusion, the right to derive income, and the right of disposition. There are exceptions to these rights, and property owners have obligations as well as rights.