What exactly is an easement?
An easement is the legal right of a non-owner to use a specific part of another person’s land for a specific purpose. B. What are the purposes and benefits of easements? Easements are used to provide non-owners with rights of ingress, egress, utilities, and drainage over a specific portion of another’s land.
What is an easement in civil engineering?
An easement refers to a person’s right to use or maintain another’s piece of land for a single purpose without assuming ownership. Some common examples are running underground cables and utilities, granting a path for land not bordered by any roads to reach one, and undeveloped lands retrofitted for recreational use.
Are easements good or bad?
Easements generally survive conveyances and can only be terminated by completion, destruction, or expiration. So, having an easement on a property may have a permanent outcome on the property with rights of the home owner. But not all easements are bad.
What is an example of an easement in gross?
For example, a homeowner may have an easement in gross with a neighbor, allowing the homeowner to use a path through the neighbor’s woods to reach the property. If the homeowner then sells the property, the rights granted in the easement in gross cannot be automatically passed to the next property owner.
How do you stop an easement?
There are eight ways to terminate an easement: abandonment, merger, end of necessity, demolition, recording act, condemnation, adverse possession, and release.
How to know if there is an easement?
maintenance or emergency access.
Can I make improvements to an easement?
Generally speaking, the owner of an easement, i.e. the dominant tenement, can improve the easement or construct improvements on the easement which are reasonably required to make the use of the easement safe and convenient. For example, if your neighbor granted you an easement for ingress and egress over a portion of their property that is a dirt road, you may have the right to grade or pave the road in connection with your use of the same.
Can I move an easement?
Yes, you can relocate the easement with the approval of the beneficiaries (legal users) of the easement. You should record a quit claim deed, easement release or other appropriate document whereby all those entitled to use the easement release their rights.