The General Court has extended the deadline for property owners to restore involuntarily merged lots to December 31, 2021. The statute works like this: if you own two or more lots, and your lots were merged by the municipality in which they are located prior to September 18, 2010 without your consent, you have until December 31, 2021 to submit a request to the municipality that the merger be reversed. Upon submission of the request, the municipality shall have the burden of proof to show that any previous owner voluntarily merged the lots. Reversing the merger will mean that the lots will be restore to their premerger status, and all zoning and tax maps shall be updated to identify the premerger boundaries of the lots or parcels, as dictated by RSA 674:39-aa. All decisions of such a request are appealable in accordance with RSA 676.
Extension of deadline to reverse an involuntary lot merger
For people wishing to merge two or more contiguous preexisting approved or subdivided lots, written, recorded consent from mortgagees now is required. RSA 674:39-a.