Easements: Electric on North side and drainage on south side. what does this mean and can I have them changed?

we are trying to buy property ext to ours. Recent survey shows existing electric co. easement on N side of 15′. THe S side shows proposed 9.5′ drainage easement. We are looking to expand. How do I get the electric company to switch their easement to the S side as well so we can expand? Also what does this mean? SHould we purchase this property?

Asked on May 15, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Florida

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Since this is a business property, you must have a real estate lawyer working on this, there is simply too much at stake.  If you need to find an attorney, you can start looking for one at our website, http://attorneypages.com

An easement is a right to use land that belongs to someone else, almost always for a specific purpose.  Without seeing a map of your property and the lot you're looking to buy, and at least some photographs of the easements or some information like that, it's very hard to tell you whether or not to buy the property.  If there is a power line running through that easement, you might have to live with that;  if the power company isn't using the easement and doesn't expect to, you might be able to buy them out of it.


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