What is an easement? Why are they important?


Easements and Rights of Way are common features of property throughout the UK. 


Essentially an easement is ‘the right to use another person’s land for a stated purpose.’ They can apply to an entire property, or only part of it.  The ‘stated purpose’ may well refer to various activities such as accessing an adjacent property or laying cables.  An easement is granted by one property owner to another, and will usually restrict the original landowner from developing on or around the land affected by the easement.


Rights of way are usually agreed upon by adjoining landowners. It may be necessary to cross one property in order to reach the other.   Such rights are usually created in one of two ways.  Either the property owner has given consent, or members of the local community have traditionally used the right of way for many years.  


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For any advice in relation to easements or rights of way which may affect your land contact our Litigation Team for a free initial conversation.