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Make sure you know everything you need to know about easements

It's frustrating to learn that you may not be able to use your Massachusetts property like you want to. An easement can affect what you hope to accomplish with your property, or it may mean that certain parties will have access to your land for a specific reason. If you learn about an easement, you will want to find out everything you can about what this means for your specific situation. 

An easement is the right to use land for a specific purpose, even if that land does not belong to you. In your case, an easement on your land could mean that someone else could come onto, drive on or enter your property for a specific reason. There are different types of easements, and you would be wise to learn about the type of easement that affects your land and how you can protect your property rights.

Helpful questions 

If you have an easement on your property, you probably have a lot of questions about what that means. Asking the right questions is the first step in getting the information you need regarding the easement. Some of these questions may include: 

  • How does it work? Easements originate for various reasons. For example, one person can grant another person access to his or her land, or a utility easement can allow utility companies to use your land to access power lines, cell towers and more.
  • How can you know about an easement? In some cases, an easement can be on the deed to the land, but not always. Some easements are public record, but you will find it beneficial to do your due diligence.
  • How does it impact your property value? An easement can affect your property value or how you plan to use your property. You may want to find out if it's possible to terminate the easement that could affect your property.

Easements are complex, and it can be frustrating to learn that you do not truly own certain parts of the property you currently own or hope to buy in the near future. Before you build on your land or move forward with an important decision, you may want to talk about your concerns with an experienced real estate attorney. An assessment of your situation can help you understand how to move forward, avoid legal disputes and shield yourself from potential financial loss.

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