Neighbor stakes claim for vacant lot

Law of the Land

In the case Korenko v. Kellys Island Park Development Co., the developer, long defunct at the time of this case, held title to a long-vacant, triangular lot. The Korenko family, who owned a home across the street, claimed that when they had purchased their property in 1978, their real estate salesperson verbally represented to them that they also owned the vacant lot.

(Notably, the salesperson passed away years prior to this case, and the Korenko family never held written title to the property.)

Over the years, on occasion, the Korenko family’s use of the vacant triangular lot was limited to parking a boat on the property at some point in the 1980s, playing fetch with their dog there on an occasional basis, and planting some flowers on the lot at some time in the preceding decades.