Friday, December 02, 2005

Case of the Week: 12/2/05

County: Mineral
Age: 77

This client contacted us after an energy company put power lines up over his property to an adjoining lot. He lives in a housing development and his understanding of the convenants and provisions is that an easement exits only for water, sewage, and drainage. I reviewed the Restrictive Covenants and Provisions and determined that although the provision in questions include water, sewage, and drainage, it does not specifically exclude electric. A reasonable reading of the document is that the energy company has an easement to the adjoining property. I explained a court may give it a different interpretation. Generally, when there is a difference of opinion on a term or provision in a document, the court can make a determination to end the conflict.

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