Easements can significantly impact the property rights of real estate owners. There are two main types of easements: affirmative and negative. Affirmative easements grant individuals the right to use another person’s land, while negative easements impose restrictions on the use of one’s own property. Easements can be created through formal agreements, by proving continuous and adverse use for at least 10 years (easement by prescription), or by necessity when a piece of land becomes landlocked without road access. Easements appurtenant benefit specific pieces of land and transfer from owner to owner, while easements in gross are often granted to utility companies for installation purposes without benefiting either the property owner or the holder of the easement. To successfully navigate the complexities of easements, it is advisable to consult with a knowledgeable Kansas City real estate attorney.
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