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    I Purchased a conversion property 1 of 3 flats approx 1 year ago . The flat has no gas supply although the recently refurbished flat above ( i believe by the freeholder ) does have a newish looking supply .The Freeholder has contacted me on a pretty regular basis stating that i need an Easement to get gas into my flat and that in his opinion my solicitor should have picked up on it at conveyancing stage . He's asking for £1500:00 plus £ 500 legal fees plus VAT to grant the easement . Could somebody kindly advise of a typical/reasonable sum for such an easement ? Do i in fact need an easement if there is already a gas meter/supply directly below where in need to get the gas in so the land has already been crossed ? He also states that he feels my solicitor should be liable for the costs !!

    Your lease should grant you some rights. What exactly does your lease say?


      if the pipe you want a connection from is owned by someone else, then I think you have no rights to connect to it. similarly if the 'land' in which the gas supply is owned by someone else, then you are very much in their hands as to accessing the pipe for a connection to be made.if the pipe is owned by a statutory body, then the situation may be a little easier.

      we would like gas at our own home. because the nearest main is some distance away, it would cost us £25K to have it installed - perhaps they are trying to recover some of their outlay?


        Talk to your local gas distribution company. They own the infrastructure and should be able to provide a supply from their part of the system, ie before your neighbours meter. This should only cost the connection charge to a new meter.

        The only issue remains the pipe route and if you can avoid your neighbour's property and his 'easement' charges.

        Most leases also include clauses about the right to run and maintain, including right of access to do so, cables and pipes etc for services. If yours does then there should be no added easement for a services pipe route.


          Good Morning all
          Thanks for showing an interest .
          The original lease states
          'The right of free and uninterrupted passage and running of gas (if any) electricity water soil smoke and fumes to and from the demised premises or any part there of through or from the pipes wires tanks drains conduits flues and chimneys which are now or may at any time hereafter be in under or passing through any part of the building of which the demised premises form a part '

          The above is from second schedule of the original lease and it states in my lease under :
          'Easements granted in this Lease for the benefit of the property' . 'The easements specified in the second schedule of existing lease '

          Thanks again


            My main question is . How does the freeholder arrive at a fee of £1,500:00 plus £500:00 legal fees + VAT ? ( he's actually a retired solicitor)
            This fee is just to allow me to bring a pipe through the wall as far as i understand and does not include any costs for any of the practical work .


              Sounds like you already have an 'Easement' then, doesn't it?

              The freeholder asking for £1500, is just to see if you are silly enough to pay it..


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