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What Is a Utility 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 drainage easement. Easements are generally classified into easement appurtenant and easement in gross. However, a specific category of easements provides a utility the right to access and use an area of the property. This type of easement is referred to as a utility easement.


A specific area of the property is well-defined for a utility to use. This kind of easement is usually attached to the deed and title of the property since this carries over any transfer of ownership. The existence of a utility easement depends upon various factors. One such factor involves the flow of electrical lines along a property for an electric company to provide electricity to various homes. This is done through the installation of electric poles and lines on a marked area of the property. The utility is given the right to strip a land in order to make the installations, and to enter the land at any time in order to do general maintenance or to make repairs.


Utility companies such as water, sewage, drainage, and gas companies may make a request for a utility easement at any time. The purpose of a utility easement is to lessen costs and expenses. This is because it may be less expensive to go through land or property rather than around it.

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