My question involves an easement in the state of:FL
First off thank you for this great forum,your expertise is truly appreciated.
We own a 1.16 acre lot (plain land,no structures) in a single home development,where only a few owners actually have houses built. We’ve had utilitiy service since we bought the property in 2005. Through a territorial agreement we are now serviced by a new utility company which approached me about a 15 feet Perpetual Utility Easement. Here’s the main part of their proposal:
The Grantors (my wife and myself), in consideration of the sum of $1.00 or other good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency of which is acknowledged received from the Grantee, _____ Electronic Cooperative, INC, a corporation existing under the laws of the State of Florida, its successors and assigns, does herby on this day___... grant and convey to the Grantee (Utility corp) an easement, license and privilege of ingress and egress upon and/or under, to place, construct, operate, repair, maintain, relocate and replace thereon and/or thereunder and to retain ownership thereof, an electric transmission and/or distribution line or system and all associated appurtenances in connection with above-ground and/or underground facilities and the Grantee shall at all times have the right to keep the easement clear of all structures, obstructions, trees, shrubbery, undergrowth and roots or objects that might endanger said electric power line assembly on or under the real property in ___ County,FL
My questions are:
Can we grant the easement at a higher price and what is customary?
Can we refuse to grant the easement?
Can we change the wording to only allowing tree trimming and yard work to keep their lines clear?
The previous utility company did not contact us about an easement, so this current proposal and especially the perpetual aspect of the easement has us very concerened.
Thanks again for your time!