If you own, or hope to own, real property, you need to know what an easement is and how one may affect you and your property.
Officially, an easement is an interest in the land of another that gives the owner of the easement the right to use the land of the other person. An easement is a non-possessory interest. In other words, it is a restricted right to a specific use or activity on the land of another that is less than ownership. Easements may be permanent or temporary.
Common examples of easements include, but are not limited to: (1) right of ways (think drive ways); and (2) easements for light and air – in other words easements that protect your view and that are usually created by restrictions prohibiting fences, walls, or hedges over certain height.
When purchasing property, it is important to take not of any recorded easements – that either favor your new potential property or that benefit others. You may have to share your drive way or may not be able to build that fence you had your heart set on depending on what easements are attached to the property.
Have questions regarding easements? Feel free to contact Rachael L. Shinoskie at Schorr Law, APC.