Easements: Everything you need to know

Posted on Monday, 17 September 2018 | Written by Hayward Moon

An easement is a right to cross or otherwise use someone else's land for a specified purpose. It could be a workman laying electricity or telephone cables. Maintaining water, drainage and gas supplies or obtaining access to separate land where you have to cross-said land.

Commonly regarded in rural properties where access must stay clear for tractors to gain access to fields. A right of way is one of the most common types of easements, which often provides rights of access to owners of adjoining lands. Easements can also prevent the landowner using it in certain ways, which could interfere with the rights of neighbours. But the general public can also use rights of way, these are known as the right to roam.

Public rights of way exist across many types of privately owned land, in the form of footpaths, bridleways and byways. Landowners must ensure they do not obstruct or interfere with these public rights of way.

 

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If you have any concerns over the right of way on your land, please get in touch with a member of staff.

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