All About Easements: The Easement in Gross

The easement in gross gives the owner of the easement the right to use real property for a particular purpose

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

(April 9, 2019)

(PORTLAND, Ore.) OnlineEd – The easement in gross gives the owner of the easement the right to use real property for a particular purpose. An easement in gross does not attach to or benefit a parcel of land and is usually created for the benefit of a legal person such as a utility company or railroad. The important characteristic of an easement in gross is that it gives the limited right to use another’s land and it is not created for the benefit of any land owned by the owner of the easement.

The land over which the easement in gross crosses is burdened by the easement and is known as the servient tenement. Since the easement right is personal and does not benefit another parcel of land, there is no dominant tenement.

Most easements in gross are for commercial purposes, are not revocable, (the servient tenement landowner cannot revoke the easement), and can be assigned to another legal entity. Some common examples of easements in gross are sewer lines, gas lines, electric lines, cable lines, etc.

Commercial easements in gross provide for the right to cross a property with the physical cable, pipe, power line or the like, as well as the right to re-enter the property after the initial installation to perform maintenance, repairs, and updates.

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