I spent Saturday evening hosting a cooking lesson for my friend Amy. In our conversation, we started talking about easement!
Before we bought our land we did not do enough research on our 2 meter easement. We have learnt you cannot build any permanent structure on the easement and also you need to build 20cm from the easement.
Easements are a method of giving other people some rights over your property.
- The right to have a pipe or other underground, or above ground, service laid under your property. The most common easements are for drainage and sewerage pipes. You will sometimes come across utility easements for water supply, electricity, telecommunications and gas.
- Right of access, for example; to come onto your property and maintain, repair and replace the services.
- Right to use a shared driveway
Although the person or organization having benefit of the easement has the responsibility to restore the land after maintenance and repairs this does not usually extend to rebuilding any structures such as sheds or replacing expensive paving.
Read more about easements here.