Quote of the Day - Over no home can the sign be hung: There is no trouble here.
And Other Nonsensical Real Estate Terms
If you own property that is occasionally used by others, then you might want to consider this code section and this case. In order to avoid granting someone an easement over your property, you as the owner need to post a sign that reads: "Right to pass by permission, and subject to control, of owner: Section 1008, Civil Code." A "No trespassing" sign doesn't cut it. If someone other than the owner posts the sign, that action doesn't work, either.
It has to be posted by the owner and the sign has to read exactly as required by the code.
According to the case, the statute was initially enacted to benefit shopping centers (it was 1965, and they didn't call them malls yet). The idea was to eliminate the old method of preventing a prescriptive easement by interrupting the use of the easement. Apparently, shopping centers would shut down for a day so no one using the shopping center could claim an easement to pass over it. Posting the sign allowed the shopping centers to remain open and keep the economy strong.
Long and short? If you own property and allow someone else to use it with your permission, you might want to consider investing in a sign and following the requirements of the code. Otherwise, you might find out that you no longer own a fee simple absolute.