Appurtenant Easement Law and Legal Definition

An appurtenant easement is a right to use adjoining property that transfers with the land. The parcel of land that benefits from the easement is the dominant tenement. The servient tenement is the parcel of land that provides the easement. The appurtenant easement always transfers with the land unless the owner of the dominant tenement releases it. The land subject to the easement appurtenant is the servient estate, the land benefited the dominant estate. However, if the easement is held incident to ownership of some land, it is an easement appurtenant.