I have a parcel in Ohio and use to own the house next to it. I lost my home and someone bought it but I still own parcel which I paid 10,000.00 25 years ago. I live out of state but have offered to sell for 4,000.00 to owners of my old house. They won't buy it because they use it. I have put up no trespass signs and they rip them down. I put them back up but they mow my lawn so they can use it. They have a swing set on it and a child's plastic playhouse. They put a fire pit in the middle of my property. What can I file in the courts? I have asked several times to have them remove swing set and quit mowing but they continue.
You will need to hire an attorney to sue them. They have adversely taken possession of your land, which means that after a period of time they own your land, unless you take legal action. The time period in Ohio is 21 years. An alternative is to grant them revocable permission to use your land, but since they seem disinclined to give up the land, you will ultimately have to take this matter to court.
You'll want an attorney for this one. Unless they've been occupying the land for 21+ years, which seems unlikely since you bought it 25 years ago, they probably aren't legally entitled to the land.
However, the police are probably unlikely to get involved, for two reasons:
- This is a mostly civil matter and police don't like getting wrapped up in boundary disputes.
- The current property owner is the daughter of a member of city council.
There are a variety of mechanisms for pursuing legal action, but you'll be up against someone with both money and political clout. Attempting to do this on your own would be ill-advised.