If you are considering the purchase or sale of property at the New Jersey Shore - I have a question for you. DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE TIDELANDS ARE?
Tidelands, also known as Riparian lands, are submerged lands that are now or were formerly flowed daily by tidal waters. An example would be the lands under Barnegat Bay.
How is this a problem? In New Jersey these lands are "claimed" by the State and are held in the public trust. This includes tidally flowed lands that were filled in and built upon. If Tidelands once flowed through your property and were filled in without authority from the State, then the State still has a claim to that land.
If you wonder how does this affect your title or the title of the land you wish to purchase, the answer is a lot! If you are selling property these tidelands claims can cause serious problems. Your buyer will problably want you to clear the claim by obtaining a Riparian Grant. This process can take from one to four years! Meanwhile you could have thousands of dollars tied up in an escrow account until the grant is issued. Many times buyers are put off and the sale falls through.
Don’t allow this to happen to you! What happens before the sale of a shore home is crucial to the prompt and fair resolution of a tidelands problem.
Other Tidelands problems include illegal docks and bulkheads. These require State Waterfront Development Permits and Tidelands Licenses.
If you are contemplating the sale or purchase of property at the New Jersey Shore, you may need our help.
What Are Tidelands And Why
Should I Care?
Tidelands Consulting Services
ATT. Ken Sass
P.O. Box 57
Bordentown, NJ 08505
609-298-9660 or 609-298-5953
"Your Beacon at the New Jersey Shore"