Who is responsible for upkeep and maintenance on utility easements?
Not an easy question. Generally the property owner who has granted the easement is responsible; but not all easements have the same conditions. In addition as this is a subdivision, there as you point out may be some responsibility of the HOA/POA. Only a lawyer reviewing the easement could tell you with any degree of certanity. I HAVE seen easements where in exchange for the ROW use of the property, power companies agree to maintain ingress and egress for line crews; and that MIGHT cover trees down. NO one can tell you without reading the easement
by wizjp - 17 hours ago
Ok. lets cover some first time homeowner basics. Unless you paid cash for the home, you took out a loan and you bought title insurance. If you have a recorded easement across your land, that information will be shown in the title report under the 'Exceptions". list. Read thru that and see if it references that easement or perhaps any other. (YOu should have actually been reading this before you signed the dotted line on the sale contract.. but remember that next time). 2) If there IS an easment shown, then the answer to the question will generally be found in the easement document that the exception item references. Typically this is a recorded document so you need to go to the county recorder (in the US) and request a copy. You MAY be able to call up the title company and ask for a copy but this is a courtesy on their part. THey do not have to give it to you (they may not even have it ). 3) Sometimes easements in subdivisions are shown on the subdivision map. A trip to your county recorder again. Your deed will contain the recording information for your subdivision.. typically a name or number and a book and page for the filing info. 4) Check your HOA documents.. they may reference the easement and may also tell you about responsibility. (Again.. you should always read those BEFORE you buy a home or condo). Those are the basics... Despite the trees/easement.. welcome home. .
by ca_surveyor - 17 hours ago
It is your property, if the trees are yours you maintain them. If they belong to the city, they do. If this is not on the street the trees are going to be yours. They commonly plant the same one in every ones front yard on a street, but I have never heard of them planting any in the back. The easement is to get to utility lines, they do not mess with your landscaping. The only time they would is if they tore it up, then they would fix it. If you are unsure if you own the tree City Works can help you, the same people that maintain the gutters and street lights keep track of the ttreesthe city oowns
by Landlord - 17 hours ago
you may assume you are responsible; here's why-- the easement is a limited USE of property--for a utility. On our prop, we have high phone wires and power wires. The vehicles that come and go which stay on the public roads but walk onto our land, do not need permission to come and go 24/7. If they cause a problem, they must correct it. IF a tree falls where they come and go, it is your responsibility to remove it.........unless they have such tools-service....... also, like the sidewalk in front of your home; anyone may use it 24/7, and you must keep it free of hazards........... it is best, to be sure, to call each utility and ask to speak to a supervisor -not a clerk-- about their policies about natural --weather--caused problems on THEIR easement. luck to you
by kemperk - 17 hours ago
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