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My neighbor and myself own a private road. He owns half and

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My neighbor and myself own a private road. He owns half and I own the other half of the road. We both have an easement with each other to drive on this road, leading to our respective driveways. Another neighbor next to him wants us to give him an easement to give him an easier route to his property. We get along with the other neighbor, but i am apprehensive about giving him this easement. The two neighbors are also buddies if this helps at all.
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You are under not obligation to give him an easement on your part of the road. Your neighbor can, but you do not have to. There is no law that says you must simply for convenience's sake. If he had no other way, he would be entitled to an easement by necessity. Otherwise, you simply can say "no." They cannot make you.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
What would be the risks if I did grant him a third party easement? Would we be at risk for anything?
Risk in terms of liability? Little. I mean, I do not see anyone being hurt on the road. Also, the holder of the easement is responsible for proper maintenance of what he puts on the easement to facilitate his use of the easement, i.e. he should be responsible for at least half the maintenance (or more, if he agrees to it in writing - but make sure that even if half, to get it in writing). Yates v. METROPOLITAN GOV., NASHVILLE & DAVIDSON CTY., 451 SW 2d 437 - Tenn: Court of Appeals, Middle Section 1969.

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Ok, thanks for the answer. Oh, if we grant the third party easement is it just him with the easement or can he grant his friends, etc,. permission to take this shortcut to his house. We all have farms.
No, generally not and just in case, you can specifically restrict him to lease his easement to anyone else in writing, and also record that you retain the right to withdraw this easement at any time.

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