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Q. What are easements?

A. An easement is an incorporeal interest in the land of another that gives the owner of the easement the limited right to use another’s property or to prevent the property owner’s use of his property. An easement is a nonpossessory right to use the land of another which may be a permanent right or a right for a limited period of time. Thus, an easement, as any other interest in real property, can be limited in duration either as an interest for a specific term or as an interest terminating upon the occurrence of a condition. It may be “affirmative” in that it allows the owner to do acts on the land of another, or it can be “negative” in that it prevents a person from doing acts on his own land.

An easement creates an interest in real property and must be created or transferred as real property by an express or implied grant or reservation, or by prescription. Although an easement is an interest in real property, it does not create any title in the burdened land. Nor is it an estate in real property.

By definition, an easement is necessarily an interest in the land of another. Therefore, a person normally cannot have an easement in his own land. Also, an easement can only be imposed on an estate in real property. Therefore, since an easement is only an interest in real property and not an estate, it cannot become a burden on another easement.

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