Plant City Florida Rogers Wright must have gotten on his neighbors’ wrong side. Recently, members of the Gordon family dug a 2.5-foot deep trench along the length of his property and piled dirt on both sides. The purported goal? To block Wright’s tenant from accessing the home via a disputed easement. When the

You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere: Easement Dispute Traps Family In Their Rented Home

PLANT CITY, FL. – A tenant father and his children have recently been unable to get to work or school because the neighbors dug a deep trench disabling any vehicle from leaving their rented house. Now, the landlord has filed in the courts, to dig up his legal rights about a disputed easement that exists between the homes of two Gordon families and the undisclosed renter.

On January 26, Rogers Wright, landlord, and plaintiff in the case, filed a Verified Complaint for Emergency Injunctive Relief, Damages and Attorney’s Fees and Costs against his tenant’s neighbors, Alma E. Gordon, 60, her brother Ernest Gordon, 63, Julius Gordon, 80 and Betty Gordon, age unknown.

All co-defendants reside on Julius Gordon Jr. Lane in Plant City, and the tenant lives on adjoining Julius Gordon Lane.

According to the Verified Complaint, it was Alma Gordon who instructed her brother, Ernest Gordon, to dig a trench that would block the easement that exists between the Gordon families’ and tenant’s three properties – all which are interconnected according to property deeds.

Ernest admitted he dug the trench 2.5 feet deep and 18 inches wide, piling dirt on both sides of the trench with a length stretching the tenant’s property from fence line to fence line – and further, dug an additional hole at the entrance of the easement which blocked the entire road and its access to the easement.  

The Verified Complaint states, “The tenant tried to fill in a portion of the trench so he would be able to get out of the property to bring his children to school and proceed to work. Ernest Gordon re-dug the trench to make it deeper to block all access…The tenant is no longer able to return to his home.”

On February 2, a judge stated in Wright’s Temporary Order following the Verified Complaint that Ernest Gordon must clear up the disputed easement of trench and dirt, and work with Wright, the co-defendants, and the courts to clear up the property easement dispute, which the judge declared would require an evidentiary hearing.

The judge also required all parties to mediate prior to the hearing. The plaintiff’s attorneys are associated with The Lansky Law Group in Lithia.

None of the parties in this case could be reached for comment.

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