Appurtenance

A right, benefit, privilege or improvement that allows for the full use and enjoyment of land that belongs to the owner of a dominant estate ( www.practicallaw.com/3-553-5665) and may burden a servient estate ( www.practicallaw.com/7-553-5705) . In a real estate context, this usually is seen in the form of an easement appurtenant ( www.practicallaw.com/0-507-1695) .

Common examples of appurtenances are driveways, drainage ditches, fences and rights of way.

For more information, see Practice Note, Easement Fundamentals ( www.practicallaw.com/6-549-3490) and Standard Document, Easement Agreement (Short Form) ( www.practicallaw.com/5-545-6365) .

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