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Posted 03 August 2020
Category: Strata, Easements
Answer: An easement gives a right to cross or otherwise use someone else’s land for a specific purpose.
Answer: Section 88 of the Conveyancing Act provides that for an easement to be valid it must clearly identify the following:
Answer: The owner(s) of the land to be benefited by an easement and the owner(s) of the land to be burdened by an easement will be required to provide their consent to the creation of the easement. However other relevant stakeholders with an interest in the land such as mortgagees or certain lease holders may also be required to provide their consent to the creation of an easement.
Answer: Under section 88K the Conveyancing Act 1919 (NSW):
a. use of the land having the benefit of the easement will not be inconsistent with the public interest, and
b. the owner of the land to be burdened by the easement and each other person having an estate or interest in that land that is evidenced by an instrument registered in the General Register of Deeds or the Register kept under the Real Property Act 1900 can be adequately compensated for any loss or other disadvantage that will arise from imposition of the easement, and
c. all reasonable attempts have been made by the applicant for the order to obtain the easement or an easement having the same effect but have been unsuccessful.
The following compensation amounts for easements have been ordered by the Courts:
|Case||Locality||Easement Type||Approx. dimensions||Compensation Paid|
|A.T.B. Morton Pty Ltd v Community Association DP270447 (No 2)  NSWLEC 87
|Hexham||Right of Carriageway||370m length x 10m width||$262,000.00|
|Shi v ABI-K Pty Ltd  NSWCA 293
|Carlingford||Easement to Drain Water||53.61m length x 0.9m width||$21,500.00|
|Gordon and Others v Shaheen and Another  NSWSC 1328
|Werrington||Easement to Drain Water||2.0m width variable length split across two properties||$16,000.00|
|The Owners – Strata Plan 61233 v Arcidiacono (No 2)  NSWSC 1876||Sydney||Easements for repairs, services, overhanging structures and encroaching structures
The following compensation amounts for easements have been agreed to by the parties without proceeding to Court:
|Year||Locality||Easement Type||Approx. dimensions||Compensation Paid|
|2019||Castle Hill||Easement to Drain Water||47.56m length x 1.00m width||$62,800.00 (split between 3 owners and the Owners Corporation)|
|2020||West Ryde||Easement to Drain Water||11.74m length x 1.5m width x 1m depth||$17,400.00|
|2018||Epping||Easement to Drain Water||40m length x 1m width||$14,600.00|
|2019||Crows Nest||Easement to Drain Water over existing line of pipes||Existing section of pipe adjacent to the Lot||$9,500.00|
For more information regarding easements, please contact one of our North Sydney Lawyers on 02 9929 0226 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***The information contained in this article is general information only and not legal advice. The currency, accuracy and completeness of this article (and its contents) should be checked by obtaining independent legal advice before you take any action or otherwise rely upon its contents in any way.