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Can a utility company run power lines and poles across my property

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Can a utility company run power lines and poles across my property with no easement? I have checked my abstract to verify no easement
Hello friend. My name is XXXXX XXXXX welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice, and, (2) there may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies.

I am very sorry for your situation. By "run," do you mean across the ground, or above via poles?

This is not an answer, but an Information Request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Via poles the poles are not next to street or sidewalk but in the middle of the front yard.
Thank you.

Are the poles on the property itself, or not?

How high are the power lines?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Yes poles are on the property, it's a two story building poles are less than 1/3 higher than the building, also they are closer to the building than the street.
Thank you, E. One last question - is the utility company private, or, government-owed?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thank you.

Assuming that there is no easement in place and no municipal law otherwise, a private company cannot simply trespass unto private property any more than a private individual can. As such, they cannot do this. One may have a case here for trespass and nuisance.

A private nuisance is one which affects a single individual or a determinate number of persons in the enjoyment of some private right not common to the public. It annoys, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, or safety of others. 42-01-01.

Civil trespass is self-explanatory.

A threatening letter by an attorney may be enough to scare them into stopping this action, or paying you for an easement to avoid litigation. May I recommend the ND Bar referral program - here. The attorneys are vetted and qualified. You should be able to find an attorney you are confident with and whom you can trust, and who is available ASAP.

I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.

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