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Easements

Riverport Electric Light Commission obtains easements so its equipment may be placed on a property that it does not own.

If you have specific questions about your property, please contact your legal counsel.

Frequently Asked Questions
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WHAT IS AN EASEMENT?

An easement is the right to use another persons’ land without actually owning it. The right forms an interest in the land itself. This means if you sell the land the easement remains with the land. The new owner essentially “inherits” the easement.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN EASEMENT AND OWNERSHIP OF LAND?

An easement allows one person to access land owned by another person. However the owner of the property retains his or her ownership of the land and has an absolute right to enjoyment of that property.

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HOW DO I REGISTER THE EASEMENT DOCUMENT AT THE LAND REGISTRATION OFFICE?

An easement is the right to use another persons’ land without actually owning it. The right forms an interest in the land itself. This means if you sell the land the easement remains with the land. The new owner essentially “inherits” the easement.

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WHAT IS A RIGHT OF WAY?

It is a right to pass over the land of another or make use of a designated strip of land to run poles, wires or cable. An easement is commonly described as a right of way.

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HOW DO I REGISTER THE EASEMENT DOCUMENT AT THE LAND REGISTRATION OFFICE?

After the easement is completed and the sketch has been signed by RELC’s lead technician, you will need to register the easement at the Land Registration Office.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF MY PROPERTY IS NOT PART OF THE LAND REGISTRATION SYSTEM?

If your property has been migrated into the Land Registration System only an authorized lawyer can record the easement document on title to your property using an approved form.

If your property has not been migrated into the Land Registration System you can record the document using a form 44. The registration district is the county. A copy of the form 44 can be found at https://novascotia.ca/sns/pdf/ans-property-form-44.pdf

The form 44 must be attached when submitting the easement document and the correct fee must also be attached in order for the easement document to be registered. The package must be sent to the Land Registration Office on Logan Road in Bridgewater.

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IF I SIGN AN EASEMENT WILL I HAVE TO HAVE MY PROPERTY MIGRATED INTO THE LAND REGISTRATION SYSTEM?

No. There are certain circumstances where you are required to migrate your property into the Land Registration System, such as when you sell more lots. Entering into an easement agreement does not require you to have your property migrated into the Land Registration System

More Information
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EASEMENT PACKAGE

Guide: How to Register an Easement

Land Registration System:
More information on the Land Registration System can be found at: https://novascotia.ca/sns/access/land/land-registry.asp

F.A.Q.

Frequent Questions

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What are your office hours?

Riverport Electric Light Commission is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12 pm. After hours payment can be made via our secure dropbox. 

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Is there a hook-up fee?

There is an initial $15 hook-up fee (charged on first invoice).

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How are invoices sent?

Invoices are E-mailed.

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How often do you invoice?

RELC invoices monthly and payments are due 4th of every month.  New invoices are usually printed on the 5th.

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What are your payment methods?

Cash, cheque, and online banking. Please see our billing page for more information.

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Do you charge late fees?

Late charges are applied if payment is not received by the 4th of the month.  If not paid within 30 days, an arrears notice will be sent. If the account remains unpaid for 45 days, the Commission will issue a final notice. Unless the bill is paid within 15 days after the final notice, the Commission may discontinue service.

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Do you charge a deposit?

A $250 – $500 deposit is required for new accounts based on the following criteria:
* Electric heat $500
* Electric heat – with reference letter $300
* Other heating source $250
* Non domestic accounts $500

Upon successful one year billing cycle for homeowners your deposit will be returned.

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Address

3808 Highway 332
Riverport, NS B0J 2W0

Phone

(902) 766-4890

E-mail

relcommission@eastlink.ca