An easement describes an interest in land that allows someone to use land owned by another person for a described reason.

Two examples of typical easements are:

Vendors must disclose the existence of easements to a prospective purchaser. A title search or a search of the relevant utility authority will identify any easements existing over the property.

While easements can be varied and/or removed, usually through an agreement between the parties and in accordance with specific state legislation, purchasers should not assume that easements can be varied and/or removed.