What Is an Adjacent Property Easement?

An adjacent property easement is a right granted to access one's property through the property of the neighboring person -- for example, an easement to use a driveway or utilities such as water or sewer. An appurtenant easement is another name used, which means incidental or accompanies the property.

An adjacent property easement benefits the land, meaning the rights are transferable when there is a change in ownership of the property. There are different methods used to create easements, including express grant, implied, necessity and prescription. Experienced real estate attorneys offer legal advice to potential buyers who wish to understand the effects of easements on a property.