In the land business, we come across easements all the time! They are common and they come in many different forms. Here is a brief definition of easements, some common types, and their use. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or stories about your experience with easements. We'd love to hear from you.
An Easement is a right to cross or otherwise use someone else's land for a specified purpose. Common easements you may run across when buying land include private rights of way, utility easements, an easement for access to water or an old cemetery. Many other types of easements exist as well. Easements will be recorded in the registry of deeds so a title search should uncover their existence. However, easements might also be acquired or lost through prescription or adverse possession, so the history and use of the property is important to understand. Easements are generally permanent and run with the land (passed on from one owner the next). As always, we recommend a thorough title search and consultation with an attorney with any questions regarding easements.
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