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Q: Property rights in the USA ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: Property rights in the USA
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: alebron-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 03 Mar 2006 17:10 PST
Expires: 02 Apr 2006 18:10 PDT
Question ID: 703404
In the USA, how deep into the earth does property ownership extend?
That is, how much of the earth under my house is considered part of my
Subject: Re: Property rights in the USA
Answered By: cynthia-ga on 03 Mar 2006 17:40 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hi alebron,

Your property extends to the center of the earth. I found a page that
explains this very simply:

FAn excerpt from the book:

What the "Experts" May Not Tell You About?...Buying a House or Apartment
by Dan Ramsey  

Chapter 1:  It All Boils Downto Property Rights
..."Real property is the right to use real estate. Real estate is the
land and everything attached to it. Personal property is everything
not attached to the land. The right of real property extends from the
center of the earth to the end of the earth's atmosphere, unless
otherwise ruled.

What about the house on the property? Is it real property or personal
property? The rule is: If it's attached to the land (typically with a
foundation in the ground), it's part of the land and thus part of the
real estate and real property..."

This is a very interesting chapter that is posted in full at the link.

Here's a Power Point Presentation from the Notre Dame Business
Department that says the same thing. To see the presentation, click as
you would to scroll down. It's pretty cool. It explains property
rights in detail. There is much to be learned here:


I trust this answers your question, but if I can clarify anything,
please don't hesitate to ask.


Search terms used at Google:
"real property" own ground OR land "center of the earth"
alebron-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Very thorough

Subject: Re: Property rights in the USA
From: nelson-ga on 04 Mar 2006 09:10 PST
"from the center of the earth to the end of the earth's atmosphere"

So homeowners own a piece of hell?

And why can't one sue to keep airplanes from flying over one's land? 
Seems like a double-standard.
Subject: Re: Property rights in the USA
From: mongolia-ga on 04 Mar 2006 16:06 PST
Hi Cynthia

I asked a similiar question some time ago (question number
418068)Although my question was not answered, two researchers
(KRISWRITE-GA and MARKJ-GA) did point out that the legal implications
of my question are rather complex.

I am assuming that the extension of property rights "up and Down" as
been "from the center of the earth to the end of the earth's atmosphere"
is probably something of an oversimplification.


Subject: Re: Property rights in the USA
From: fishnjerm-ga on 12 Mar 2006 12:24 PST
Perhaps you should also study up on mineral rights...
Subject: Re: Property rights in the USA
From: myoarin-ga on 12 Mar 2006 18:06 PST
Mineral rights are mentioned in at least one of Cynthia's links.

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