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Lake Views - Right of Prospect

Michigan law does not recognize lake views as a property right...

One morning, you awake to find a new house, shed, or fence being erected in the path of your view to the lake.

Unfortunately, unlike other states, Michigan does not recognize "prospect rights," i.e. the right to keep preexisting views to the water. Some states have limits on the erection or installation of buildings which obstruct the view of neighbors on a lake; Michigan isn't one of them.

That does not mean all is lost. Often times, enforcement of setback and height requirements under local zoning regulations can protect the views of the lake, indirectly.

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OLC represents private land owners regarding disputes with local governments, enforcement officials, neighbors, home and property owners associations, and others. Contact a riparian rights attorney at Outside Legal Counsel today.

Riparian Resources

 Riparian Basics & Law
 Riparian Extensions
 Private Docks
 Lake Views
 The Great Lakes Difference
 Public Road Ends
 Public Act 56
 Meander Lines
 Natural Rivers Act

Other Resources

 Natural Rivers Program
 Right to Farm Act