What Are the Three Types of Easements?
There are certain circumstances under which a neighbor or organization might be legally entitled to cross or otherwise access your land (or vice versa). Typically, these conditions fall under one of three types of easements:
This easement allows a property owner access to land that’s only accessible through a neighbor’s land. This kind of easement is attributed to the property rather than the individual.
As above, this is an easement that grants access rights, but the rights are granted to an individual or a company rather than to the property itself.
Also informally known as “squatter’s rights, a prescriptive easement is when someone is using a property owner’s land regularly for a certain period of time without restrictions from the owner. This amount of time may vary depending on state law.
Who Has the Right to Use an Easement?
Under some circumstances, neighbors can use easements. One instance might be if they need to access their property from their driveway through your land. Most commonly easements are used by other entities such as water, gas, electric and cable / broadband companies.