My question involves real estate located in the State of: California
I am interested in the termination of an easement given to a utility company in our title by the 1st. owner, we are the 2nd. owner. The title & deed was purchased by us decades ago the original construction of the home was in the early 40's. We were never aware of the title given to the Utility company. In fact the easement was not included with our deed that I know of, so it came as a bit of a shock that they even had an easement. We knew the pole was there but had no idea when it was placed there and why until we inquired with the utility company.
The utility company does not need to keep the archaic wooden pole as we have electric connections in the street and are on a busy street that actually feeds large apartment buildings across the small street. They have been persistent however in saying they did not want to have to pay to move the pole and are asking us to pay for removing it and hooking us up underground on the street. There are also poles nearby on side streets and in an alley they could be using instead of our pole. In addition the pole is leaning toward structures which they said wasn't a problem.
They did send us the original permission of use of easement and the Plat map. Well we had it measured and the map appears to be incorrect in it's measurement as well. I am looking into seeing the original plat map as it appears to be updated recently? Which leads me to my next question if it was updated and there appear to be other pages of the plat map over the years which plat is correct?? Is it the plat congruent to the date of the original easement and can this peculiarity be used as a defense against the company? Hmm, I did want to avoid getting a survey done but if necessary I may well do that.
Final question if I go with another energy company and ask them to just put our wires connections underground will it help my argument in getting this pole and its wire removed? I realize it is connecting to neighbors however they could be getting their power from the nearby pole instead of our yard, in fact the whole street should be underground as we have underground connections already in place they just don't want to pay for it. Would this be grounds for a "Quiet the Title "? OR.....
Thanks guys for lending an ear to a newbie on this site.