GOV – What are ‘Easements’?

An ‘Easement’ is a right that the owner of one piece of land has over another piece of land.

One piece of land has the benefit and the other has the burden of the rights. In some cases, both pieces of land have benefits and burdens.

An ‘Easement’ attaches to the land itself and is not a personal right. Therefore the benefit and burden of the ‘Easement’ remain on the affected land upon change of ownership.

Common examples of ‘Easements’ are

  • Rights of Way over shared access ways/drive ways
  • Rights to run service pipes and cables