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in law, the right to use the land of another for a specified purpose, as distinguished from the right to possess that land. If the easement benefits the holder personally and is not associated with any land he owns, it is an easement in gross (e.g., a public utility's right to run power lines through another's property). At common lawcommon law,
system of law that prevails in England and in countries colonized by England. The name is derived from the medieval theory that the law administered by the king's courts represented the common custom of the realm, as opposed to the custom of local jurisdiction that
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 an easement in gross could not be transferred, but today it may be transferable. If the easement is held incident to ownership of some land, it is an easement appurtenant (e.g., the right to run a ditch through a neighbor's yard to drain your land). The land subject to the easement appurtenant is the servient estate, the land benefited the dominant estate. If certain conditions are met, the easement passes with the land to the new owner after the sale of either estate. An easement may be created by express agreement of the parties, in which case it must usually be in writing (see Frauds, Statute ofFrauds, Statute of,
basis of most modern laws requiring that certain promises must be in writing in order to be enforceable; it was passed by the English Parliament in 1677.
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), or it may be implied by a court from the actions of the parties in certain circumstances.


A deed restriction on a piece of property granting rights to others to use the property; may include restrictions for use or development on the property.


(civil engineering)
The right held by one person over another person's land for a specific use; rights of tenants are excluded.


1. A right of accommodation (for a specific purpose) in land owned by another, such as right-of-way or free access to light and air.
2. A curve formed at the juncture of two members; forms a smooth transition between surfaces that would otherwise intersect at an angle.
3. Those portions of stair handrails which are curved in the vertical plane only; an “easement curve.”
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As the Necessary Wayleave process does not award compensation SP Manweb Plc is currently preparing to attend the Lands Tribunal and present its case.
An easement is similar to a wayleave in the rights granted, but it is executed as a deed and permanently registered against the property in consideration of a one-off payment made to the property owner.
The take over of Wayleave has been a major challenge for Ketraco in its plan to complete over 35 mega projects amounting to 5,000 kilometers of high voltage transmission lines all over the nation by 2018.
Most of the Energis network is carried on overhead electricity apparatus, and the new rates will be paid in addition to existing electricity wayleave payments where optic fibres are attached and are in use for commercial purposes.
If you, the landlord, originally gave permission for a wayleave, but want to get rid of it at the end of the term of the lease, you might be in for an unpleasant surprise.
The third generation mobile phone masts could mean that a landowner's property is continuously engaged for the foreseeable future, so take great care when contemplating a wayleave agreement.
The third-generation mobile phone masts could mean that a landowner's property is continuously engaged for the foreseeable future, so take great care when contemplating a wayleave agreement.
If you, the landlord, originally consented to a wayleave, but want to get rid of it at the end of the term, you might have an unpleasant surprise.
Wynne specialises in valuation work, property and land sales, wayleaves and easements and planning.
The agency specialises in providing advice across the UK relating to easements and wayleaves for utilities infrastructure, compulsory purchase and compensation.
Established in Birmingham in 2000, Hamer Associates is a specialist property consultancy business providing expert advice across the UK relating to Easements and Wayleaves for utilities infrastructure, and Compulsory Purchase and Compensation.
There was also money from dues on the export of coal from Swansea port, plus canal tolls, wayleaves and payments for using watercourses for industrial purposes.