Easements are interests registered on the title to your property or a neighbouring property. They can:
- Give you the right to use your neighbours’ property to access your property (known as a Right of Way) or grant you the benefit of the use of utilities (such as conveying water or telecommunications) located through your neighbour’s property; or
- Give your neighbour the right to use your property to access their property or the benefit of the use of utilities located through your property; or
- Give a utility provider or the council the right to place utility mains through your property.
There are several different types of easements, some of which are:
- A right to drain water or sewage;
- A right of way (which grants an owner access rights for example a common driveway);
- A right to convey electricity;
- A right to convey telecommunications.
What are your rights? Who pays the cost?