FAQ: What is an easement?
Understanding easements is an essential part of buying a home.
So, what is an easement?
An easement is a legal right to cross or otherwise use a portion of someone else’s property.
A council will decide to allow others to cross or use your land if it serves the common good. For example, an easement could be necessary to give other properties access to vital services such as water, electricity, or sewerage.
Easements may also be put in place to grant service technicians the right to operate on your property to maintain or repair services on the easement.
If you have easements on your land, you have the responsibility to respect them. Any development that interferes with an easement may be removed without compensation, so prior to building the land, it is important to recognise easements.
You can find easements documented on the Certificate of Title for a property. This legal document contains basic land information, including the location and size of the land, current ownership, and whether the land is subject to any restrictions.
Easements are important. Before you commit to a property, make sure you understand if any easements exist on the land you buy.
For further information, see this great resource from Coliban Water.