As I know real estate law tends to be very local, this is occurring in the state of Georgia (in the US), and I'm not certain if the county is relevant (and not something I'd like to give out).
I am running into an issue on sewer line access. Originally (1932) the plots of me and my neighbor were not divided as they are now. Apparently both existing hookups to the sewer are in between my front yard and the street. My house was built in 2006, after acquiring one plot from the neighbor's estate and combining it with another plot. At the time, a new sewer-line was put in for the house and no easement was written up.
The house that was on neighbor's plot was from 1941, extremely dilapidated, and occasionally abandoned for up to 8 months at a time. The property was sold at the end 2013 and the house was demolished.
Then a new house was erected on the site, where the building permit makes no mention of sewer access.
Does the previous sewer attachment running through my property likely grant the current owner/construction the right to dig through my property to reconnect the new house on the old connection?
I've been reading through much of O.C.G.A. TITLE 44 Chapter 9 and wasn't able to find much that might seemed immediately relevant. Is there a better place to look? Perhaps I need to try to find more county regulations (which I had a hard time finding digital copies of).
I was a little interested in O.C.G.A. § 44-9-6 because there were several occasions where the property was vacant for 6+ months, including a 7-month pause in demolition construction due to funding, but after trying to find some case law I don't think that's long enough (as 44-9-6 doesn't specify a time, it seemed vague to me).
Hopefully you will forgive if I'm not even asking this question correctly, but I'm trying to read up on relevant Georgia code so I can understand the situation from a legal perspective.