Our specialist property law and Smart Move Conveyancing teams can advise you on the implications of land covenants and easements on any property you are buying or selling.
What are land covenants and easements?
Both easements and covenants documents can be found on the title of many properties. Covenants and easements detail obligations of the property owner relating to the property. These obligations can affect your use of the property, so you should seek legal advice on any easements or covenants relating to a property you own or are thinking of buying.
Easements and covenants – the difference
- An easement grants someone the right to use someone else’s land for a specific purpose. Common easements include a right of way easement for access, drainage easement, or easements to lay utilities pipes and lines such as a water easement or electricity easement.
- A covenant is a requirement to do or not do something on the property. Land covenants are common in modern subdivisions, and often include restrictions on further subdivision, use of certain building materials, types of animals that can be kept on the property, or commercial activities that can be carried out.
Get expert legal advice before you buy
Our experienced property law and Smart Move teams can help you understand any restrictive covenants or easements that relate to a property you’re thinking of buying, and how they will affect you. Make sure you know what you’re letting yourself in for before you sign the sale and purchase agreement – talk to our property experts today.