Legal-Ease: How is the use of my property limited?

Limitations to the use of property fall into four, broad categories: neighbors, zoning, development and contracts.

First, we owe our neighbors certain duties. Second, many parts of Ohio are zoned. Third, development restrictions are similar to neighbor-respect restrictions. Finally, prior owners or we ourselves may have agreed to restrictions on the use of our property.

We typically think that owning property, particularly real estate, means we can do whatever we want with and on that property.

However, owning property does not mean that we have the full right to use that property in whatever fashion we want. Property ownership includes numerous rights of use and many corresponding limitations on use.

Read more about the use of property and the restrictions surrounding it in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: How is the use of my property limited?

Source:, “Legal-Ease: How is the use of my property limited?”, by Lee R. Schroeder, March 23, 2019

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

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