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Subject: Cluster Mailbox Location
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JanetC6
(Arizona)

Posts:2


01/13/2019 1:19 PM  
I live in a small community with 3 cluster mailbox installations. Two are on community property (by the pool) and the third is sitting on my property. There are no sidewalks and there are no recorded easements pertaining to this box.
When the neighborhood was being built, my property was supposed to be common land. I'm told that the builder decided to squeeze in one more house. I suspect that the box was supposed to be on the common land and there was an oversight by the developer that has gone unnoticed until this time.
I am concerned about my liability with this box being here, and want to request that it be moved. I cannot find any information about the criteria for locating the cluster boxes. I have reached out to the USPS but that is moving slowly.
Does anyone know of any document that outlines the acceptable locations for cluster boxes?
RoyalP
(South Carolina)

Posts:692


01/13/2019 1:50 PM  
If your concern is ONLY about liability you could grant AND RECORD an easement to the association for the placement and maintenance of the CBUs in question.

If you wish the trespassing objects removed from your property you will need the services of an attorney.

? Did you not inspect the property BEFORE purchasing same ?

? May there actually ALREADY be an easement in place ?

Check your plat !

If you don't have one -> GET ONE
RoyalP
(South Carolina)

Posts:692


01/13/2019 1:52 PM  
https://www.mailboxes.com/united_states_postal_service_mailbox_regulations_and_specifications/
JanetC6
(Arizona)

Posts:2


01/13/2019 2:38 PM  
Thank you for your input.

Yes, I have a Plat, there is no easement in place. I have also gone down to the recorders office to confirm that.

When I purchased the property I was told that it was on "Common Area". A recent surveys indicates that this is my property not common area.

I have reviewed the link you also supplied. I have seen that information...which all deals with the specifications of the actual boxes with no mention of "locating" the boxes. What I am trying to find is some documentation that outlines the parameters regarding where the box can be installed.

Thanks again...I will keep searching
TimB4
(Virginia)

Posts:16287


01/13/2019 3:14 PM  
See: U. S. Postal Service National Delivery Planning Standards A Guide for Builders
and Developers


Which states:

3.5.1
Placement of Outdoor Cluster Boxes
The local USPS Growth Manager or designee must approve the CBU mailbox sites and type of equipment.
Cluster boxes must be safely located so that customers are not required to travel an unreasonable distance to obtain their mail and so there is sufficient access to mailbox locations with adequate space for carriers to deliver and customers to retrieve the mail. Typically, a mailbox receptacle will be located within 1 block of the residence.


It's nice that you are talking with the post office. However, the cluster mailboxes belong to the Association and it's the Association you will have to deal with. More then likely, you may need to contact an attorney to force the issue if you want them moved.

If you are thinking about providing an easement, you should contact an attorney so your rights are protected and the paperwork is done properly.

Regardless of your decision, you will need to deal with the Association on this matter.
TimB4
(Virginia)

Posts:16287


01/13/2019 3:16 PM  
Note: this was located with a simple internet search. There were other resources as well.

Perform an internet search for the following: location of cluster mailboxes
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