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Friends Are Chosen, But Neighbors Come with the House
In New York City and the boroughs, where space between buildings can be minimal, building owners often need access to neighboring property to perform repairs, whether for erecting scaffolding, hanging in airspace, or standing on a roof. Similarly, new construction often depends on the ability to enter upon, near to, or below a neighboring building, sometimes for long periods of time. The law does not permit trespass, but at times, trespass is the only option. What should an owner do when neighbors say they need access to your property?