When bulldozers, gravel trucks and other heavy equipment starts rolling into a nearby vacant lot or somewhere even closer to your property, there's a very good chance that a new structure is going to be built sooner than later.
While the prospect of having a new commercial or residential structure may be exciting for a host of reasons -- increased property values, increased proximity to desirable vendors, etc. -- it may also be slightly disconcerting.
That's because it may mean more traffic, more noise and more inconvenience for the surrounding area.
For example, depending on the size of the project, it may necessitate the excavation of massive amounts of earth, and the installation of lines to carry away waste and bring in water.
Indeed, there is even a chance that you will be approached by public officials and/or private parties with an offer for an easement essentially allowing them to lay the sewer and water pipes on your land and, whenever necessary, enter it to perform maintenance in exchange for payment.
As tempting as it can be to accept this offer of seemingly "free money" on the spot, property owners in these scenarios would do well to first speak with a skilled legal professional who can explain their property rights and outline how exactly the easement would affect their land. Furthermore, a legal professional can help determine whether the payments called for in the easement are fair under the circumstances.
At the Property Rights Law Firm, P.A., we have extensive experience in this complex area of the law. Indeed, we have helped homeowners throughout Orlando and across Florida secure full and fair compensation for easements offered in connection with water and sewer projects.
To learn more about our services in this area, please visit our website.