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Types of easements


People who live in Wisconsin might have found their dream home but they should make sure to carefully review the title report and other documentation they receive before making any final decision to complete a purchase. One of the things that prospective home buyers should investigate is whether there are easements on the property. If an easement does exist, it is important to learn what it covers and how it might impact their use of the property.

As explained by The Washington Post, there are multiple types of easements. Some may be identified in a title report, such as with an easement in gross. This type of easement generally grants access to the property by utility companies or other entities. Another easement that might not appear in a title report but that is important to learn about is the easement appurtenant. This allows someone else to use a part of the property to access their property or another location, such as a park or beach. Driveways and other roads may be included in these easements.

According to Trulia, the easements that grant access or other rights to another party are called affirmative easements. However, some easements actually prevent some actions and these are called negative easements. One example of a negative easement is a stipulation that a tree line be maintained to prevent blocking a neighbor’s view.

It is also useful to known that easements do not always pertain only to the ground but to the surface below the ground and the air space above the property.


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