My question involves real estate located in the State of: Oregon
We have a pole on our property that was placed to provide service to our home. It is on our property and it does have a transformer. Our service is underground from this pole. Our neighbor is building a house and approached us to see if we could remove the pole and go underground from the road which is about 50' away from the pole. He would go with an underground service also. It is ugly and we agreed. However, when he found out the cost of going underground he stated that he would go overhead from our pole. The electric company (PP&L) estimator that I spoke with stated that the neighbor would have to get permission in the form of an easement, since there is no easement. We thought that was the end of it and we would be removing the pole. Apparently PP&L did not like the truthfulness of this estimator and he was replaced and we heard nothing regarding the estimates for removing the pole. I contacted PP&L again and requested that we still wished to remove the pole and they sent out a "new" estimator. This new estimator told me that there was an easement & ROW for the pole and he appeared to listen to our wishes of removing the pole. However, we came home a few days later and found out that the neighbor had his mobile home connected by PP&L to our pole in our absence!
I contacted PP&L (through a different person) about an easement and they replied via email: "After researching the above address it appears we have no recorded easement for the pole placed upon your property near the North lot line. Since the pole in place provided service to your property, no easement was required."
We do not wish to have neighbor issues. But it is our property and our view.
Does the neighbor have the right to cross our property with his power line and use our pole for his needs? What should we do about the "new" estimator who lied? Does PP&L have to remove this service drop from our pole?
Thanks in advance.