Questions tagged [trespass]

The tort of intrusion upon another person's real property. For trespass to chattels see tags "theft" or "conversion." For trespass to the person see tags "assault" or "battery."

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Is it legal for private citizens to “impound” e-scooters?

This recent article from The Verge claims that two men in San Diego have create a repo company that impounds e-scooters from companies like Lime, Bird, Lyft, Uber and Razor. However as far as I can ...
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Pokémon Go hot spots and private property

As we all know Pokémon Go is all the rage. There have been reports that police stations are common hot spots for gyms and collections. Churches have also been a common hot spot. I think there is ...
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USPS Back Room - Trespassing?

I go to my local post office nearly every day to drop off packages for online purchases. A couple of years ago, I had a van full and it would have taken many trips to bring them inside. I asked a ...
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Do I have the right to enter into someone house without permission if my child is in there?

Here's the situation Main persons: my daughter Maria, 16 years old my daughter's friend Mario, over 18 years old My daughter was asked by her friend Mario to hang out at someone's ...
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Are there laws restricting who can go into “employees only” areas?

I attempted to research this on my own, but found absolutely no results. Is there anything legally restricting customers from entering areas marked "employees only" and/or areas that aren't marked but ...
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Is urban exploration legal? Even if so, should I do it?

Intro When I go exploring, I often find abandoned buildings, farms, factories. Near where I live, it's easy to find abandoned buildings in the mountains or the National Park. I have an interest in ...
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Can a city hire someone to mow my grass (against my wishes)?

Recently the city sent a crew to mow my grass without notifying me or giving me any advance notice of any kind. Did they violate my rights by sending these people without my permission? (Details ...
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Does a person have legal recourse if a drone is trespassing?

I have a 10 foot privacy fence around my property. There are no trespassing signs on all four sides. One of the neighbors keeps flying a drone over my yard like they are casing the place. Do I have ...
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Do milk crates have registered owners?

Is there an actual milk crate registration system? What is the law by which use by other than the registered owner is punishable? Is there an index I can use to see who these milk crates are ...
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Entering private property that is not enclosed

I want to find out which German laws regulate entering (on foot) private nonenclosed property. Example: A paved surface right next to a public sidewalk. No fence, no signs. It doesn’t have to be used ...
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Getting the neighbor kids off my lawn?

We've had 4 sets of neighbors kids grow up around us with no issue. Nice kids, nice parents, etc. The latest family has two young boys who like to camp out on my lawn and in my garden. I'm aware of ...
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Force neighbor to resolve property line encroachment before selling house

My neighbor built a fence that crosses our property line. I had a surveyor come mark the boundary to be sure. (It has only been a few years so no adverse possession possibilities.) This neighbor is ...
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Can a shopping mall force Pokemon Go players to leave?

To add to the recent influx of legal questions about Pokemon Go, I'd like to ask: Can a shopping mall force people playing Pokemon Go to leave (without fear of legal repercussions)? I heard from a ...
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What's to stop a homeless person living in a church or a mosque?

Aren't churches and mosques basically public places of worship? Couldn't a homeless man just claim he is doing an extensive period of praying? Sorry if this question sounds ignorant or dumb. I'm ...
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Can town administrative “code” overule state laws like those forbidding trespassing?

I notice that a lot of towns have "right of entry" rules which ostensibly permit firefighters to trespass onto private property essentially whenever they want to "inspect" things to "prevent fire". ...
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If you purchase the keys to a room/house/building, do you have the legal right to enter?

In a TV show, one of the characters buys a storage locker. In that storage locker are keys. Then he goes to the place that the keys open and lets himself in. My question is this: By purchasing the ...
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Is it legal to climb on public bridges when there are no prohibition signs?

I like to climb around on the steel structures below public road bridges. I do it for no other reason than having fun. I do it only at night because I don't want to attract attention, but I'm ...
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How is an area deemed unsafe and needing to be cordoned off?

How is an area deemed unsafe and needing to be cordoned off? Would it be the person at the top of the law enforcement agency (police chief or sheriff) who would make the decision that a particular ...
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Can the owner of a private establishment confiscate the personal property of a trespasser?

While I was reading this article, this line caught my eye: Anyone seen videotaping in any capacity will be deemed trespassing and will be escorted out by security. Your video equipment may or may ...
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Are plain clothes police officers allowed to use force to make an arrest?

Disclaimer: I'm not related to this case in any way shape or form, I'm just a citizen trying to look at this without bias. Recently there was an issue in Massachusettes where a group of skaters were ...
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Difference between “Private Property” and “No Tresspassing” signage

In my door-to-door ministry work I've observed various forms of "No Tresspassing" signs on properties. Do "Private Property" signs imply the same laws as a "No Tresspassing" sign? At one house in ...
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Does jumping a fence between two public spaces constitutes trespassing or other law violation?

I noticed that many places, specially in the United States, have fences separating two streets, even for pedestrians. My guess that the streets are not connected for cars to calm the traffic on ...
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Fence with no signs in Germany

Is it legal to trespass the fence (with little passage in it) with no signs, if there's no buildings behind it (for example, construction site)? Update: the picture of a passage. No signs at all, ...
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When does “silence imply consent” for trespass to land?

Once upon a time there was a parking lot attendant. He watched a person getting out of his car and could have said, "You're not allowed to park in that particular spot." But the attendant stayed ...
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Trespassing in Portugal

In Portugal, if people trespass property, what are the legal implications? Example 1: If a person opens my gate and enters my yard to knock on my door, is he trespassing? Example 2: If a person ...
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Neighbor using my property

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 ...
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Trespassing on public property for filming a public area in California

I was filming at a County Social Service office, they clearly pointed out there dissatisfaction of the camera and called the Sheriffs, the Social Service Administrator told me to leave because I was ...
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Am I liable if trespassers on my private property injure themselves?

If people trespass on my property (i.e. walk through my backyard without my permission) and they get injured (i.e. trip and break an arm or a tree branch falls on their head), am I liable under ...
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Can I use the rating of different restaurants from different websites like Yelp on my own website?

I am thinking of creating a website with restaurants ratings. You would be able to search for restaurants and in the result list you would see the name of the restaurant and the ratings of different ...
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Canary Wharf - privately owned public space - is it possible to be banned from entering the area?

Canary Wharf in London is a privately owned public space. So far I have been found guilty of walking on a grass and jumping on a stone wall (part of a workout routine). I'm concerned that sooner or ...
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Can I stick a “don't trespass” warning on my house?

My house doesn't have a fence. I witnessed multiple occasions of random people walking on my backyard, and taking water from the outer tap. Therefore I want to print a warning and stick it on my ...
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Can I legally refuse entry to people with face coverings

Can I refuse entry and/or service at my retail business (food service, grocery, book store, etc.) to individuals wearing face coverings? i'm specifically interested in religious coverings such as ...
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Is it trespassing if you unlock a door to which you found the key?

I'm not looking for legal advice. I live in a shared house. Each bedroom has a lock on the door. I keep finding keys in communal areas, for example keys in the bottom of a cupboards. The keys look ...
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In what legal form can one shape their de facto occupation of local authority land?

I own a section in a small rural town in New Zealand. The boundaries of it are well known as I did a redefinition survey to find them out. Let's call this land A. Historically, land A has had a piece ...
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Can a mayor or a Common Council issue a temporary no trespassing order at an unsafe location?

Related question: How is an area deemed unsafe and needing to be cordoned off? An individual property owner can set up No Trespassing signs at the required intervals, and then law enforcement can ...
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Public vs Private sidewalk in city

I just got asked not to walk on a seemingly public sidewalk. Being as sensitive as I am it upset me a great deal. I would like to know how to find out who owns the apartments I was walking by and who ...
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What does it mean to 'enter' property in the Massachusetts trespass statute?

The Massachusetts trespass statute reads (emphasis mine) part IV, Title I, Chapter 266, Section 120 Section 120. Whoever, without right enters or remains in or upon the dwelling house, ...
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Trespassing or Public Property?

I'll start with some background info for my question. I'm a photojournalist based in Michigan. I was on (what appeared to be) a public sidewalk. I was taking photos of the Oakland County Jail for a ...
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trespassing to personal property? [duplicate]

Let say I went into a store and bought something. When I was walking out an employee or the manager stop me and ask to look inside my bag because they assume I was stealing. Before, I could even ...
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Is there anything I can do legally when my daughter lets her boyfriend in our home without our permission?

My daughter is 16, and my wife and I just found she's been sneaking her boyfriend (who is 17) into our house while we're not home. His parents don't seem to be doing anything about it. Does this ...
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Can a juvenile be charged with theft by receiving if the property wasn't stolen?

A young adult entered a home where he used to rent a room in order to retrieve a piece of workout equipment. The home owner would not let him have the equipment until he paid past rent money so he ...
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Ordered to leave public property where I was legally parked

I live in GA. I was ordered to leave a place where I was, according to an LEO, legally parked. The person who ordered this was the head of the parks department. Since the LEO said I was not in ...
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Consequence for injury of child trespasser [closed]

My friend and I brought a rental house last year in Philadelphia, PA., and it was under construction for few months. While the house was under work, the kids from the neighborhood trespassed to my ...
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Indiana trespass law

Indiana Code 35-43-2-2 states: (c) A person has been denied entry under subsection (b)(1) when the person has been denied entry by means of: (1) personal communication, oral or written; (...
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My ex keeps coming to my house uninvited

A little under a year ago I broke up with my (ex) girlfriend because she cheated on me. I told her to get out of my life and I would stay out of hers and that was the end of it. Well for some reason ...
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Does a property owner with beach frontage need to post the beach for it to be considered trespassing to walk across the property?

In MA, is it legal to cross someone's property on the ocean beach if the beach is not developed and is not posted?
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Is the owner of a property liable for injuries sustained by an intruder? (UK)

I have heard that the owner of a property may be liable for injuries sustained by an intruder. I am referring to cases in which injuries were not inflicted willfully by the owner (e.g. in self-defence)...
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Is calling a store in which you are banned illegal?

I called a store to apologize for a actions that involved me. They told me that calling the store violates my ban and breaking their ban is against the law. They threatened to file a trespass ...
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barbed wired off open field with human sized entrance on side - legal?

I live in the state of Texas (Dallas area specifically). There is a field I drive by often near a residential neighborhood. Very open with not a person or house in sight (No signs or anything either)....
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Trespass and the police

Can a US cop ask a land owner if a person is trespassing if no complaint has been made? i.e. can they ask a shop owner if a person is trespassing in their car park or outside the shop?