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What Is a Sewer Easement?

Easements address the problem of individuals who need access to property that they do not own. Purposes for an easement may vary and provide the categories of easement. One such type of easement is a sewage easement.

A sewage easement is a type of easement that allows access to a certain piece of property for the expressed purpose of placing a sewer. This kind of easement is usually attached to the deed and title of the property since this carries over any transfer of ownership, as is the nature of a formal easement. Sewer easements are typical due to the need of a property owner to run his or her own sewer line through the property of another in order to link to the public sewer line.

A sewer easement does not just include access to the property, but may also involve the placement of a sewer that links to a main sewer system or a more ambiguous statement may infer this by allowing a runoff to flow without impediment across the property.

One can obtain a sewer easement by purchase or it can be given. A formal easement is obtained by signing a document that provides legal rights for the person who creates or builds the sewer easement. It is also possible to create a sewer easement by implication. This is done when a person builds the sewer over another property and uses the sewer for years without any complaint from the property owner. However, the actual details vary among jurisdictions.

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