Natural Servitude Law and Legal Definition

Natural servitude is a servitude that is naturally appurtenant to the land. It is a servitude which does not require any particular means of acquisition. For example, the right of land, unencumbered by buildings, to the support of the adjoining land. It is a kind of predial servitude.

The following is an example of a state statute (Louisiana) referring to ‘natural servitude.’

La. C.C. Art. 654. Kinds of predial servitudes

Predial servitudes may be natural, legal, and voluntary or conventional. Natural servitudes arise from the natural situation of estates; legal servitudes are imposed by law; and voluntary or conventional servitudes are established by juridical act, prescription, or destination of the owner.