A 20' ingress / egress easement runs across our farm. I would greatly appreciate feedback on how to divide the maintenance costs. The easement is mute on this topic, except for a statement that the first party (my wife and myself) assume no responsibility for maintenance.
The easement is used by 3 parties.
1 - Myself and my wife.
2 - The tenant in a mobile home that I own.
3 - The neighbors at the far end of the lane.
I need to propose a fair way of sharing maintenance costs to the neighbors (party 3).
The first section of the easement is used by 1, 2, & 3.
The second section is used by 2 & 3.
The third section is used by 3.
Since 2 is my tenant, I assume that I am responsible for a fair share of the maintenance for that use of the easement.
My initial thoughts are that a fair split of the maintenance costs would be:
First section: I pay 2/3 of the cost and neighbor (3) pays 1/3
Second section: I pay 1/2 of the cost and neighbor (3) pays 1/2
Third section: Neighbor (3) keeps that portion up as he sees fit at his own expense.
Does this sound reasonable?
How is this typically worked out?