Post # 1
Does anyone know anything about having a water drain easement on your property. Fiance saw a house that we are interested in that has a water drain easement on the property for the neighboring park.
I know that the city can use it for access if there are any problems but does this cause your yard to flood? Do you need flood insurance? How often would it need to be accessed? And does it bring down property value?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Post # 3
You can think of property ownership as like a bundle of sticks that you’re purchasing. One of those sticks is the land itself, another is the soil underneath, another is the air above, another is the right to build on it, another is the right to sell anything that grows on it, another is the right to sell any precious minerals you find underground, etc. Easements are a way of removing one of those “sticks” and selling or giving them to someone else. So, the price you pay for the property should already be reduced to account for the fact that someone else (the local government) owns the right to that drain.
I can’t tell you how often it will need to be accessed, but I imagine you’ll want to keep it clean for your own benefit to prevent flooding. I suggest you get a site inspection done so that you can be told by a professional how much water from the runoff might impact your property. I would think the drain is a good thing, honestly, since it will provide an easy egress point from which stormwater can exit your property instead of it sitting with nowhere to go.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t let this deter you from looking. If you like the place, I would hire a geologist to come check it out after you are in contract, and make sure the drainage is unimpeded. A drainage easement usually means there is a section of the property that is like a ditch, often filled with stones, that will move excess water from one area to another. You won’t want to build on it or alter it.
Post # 5
Thank you for the advice and information!
Post # 6
@roxy…I had an easement on my property due to their being a watermain about 20 feet deep running across the back of my yard. The only things I had to do was make sure the area was clean and not place andy permanent structures in the area. I was able to fence in my backyard and everything.
If the city needed to access the easement, they would remove the section of fence and would be responsible for replacing it and any grass/foliage that was damaged during whatever work they were doing. It didn’t decrease my property value and in fact I ended up with a bigger lot b/c there couldn’t be a permanent structure within 30 feet of the water main on either side =)
As luck would have it, the city decommisioned the water main so there is no longer an easement….but I still have the extra land…gotta love it.