FIG Peer Review Journal


Abandoned Swedish Joint Facilities and Utility Easements - a Case of “Legal Pollution” (8528)

Jesper M. Paasch, Märit Walfridsson, Anna Eriksson, Emmy Hedlund and Marija Juric (Sweden)
Dr. Jesper M. Paasch
University of Gävle
Högskolan i Gävle
801 76
Corresponding author Dr. Jesper M. Paasch (email: jesper.paasch[at], tel.: +46 (0)72-015 47 01)

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Published on the web 2017-03-10
Received 2016-10-01 / Accepted 2017-02-01
This paper is one of selection of papers published for the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland and has undergone the FIG Peer Review Process.

FIG Working Week 2017
ISBN n/a ISSN 2307-4086
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Joint facilities and utility easements are important legal instruments regulating land use in Swedish society. Joint facilities are created when two or more real properties have the need to use a facility, such as parking spaces, in common. Utility easements is a right to construct and maintain a pipeline or cable within a specified area on a real property. Sometimes joint facilities and pipelines/cables cease to be of use for the right holders. This article investigates the legislation used to liquidate these rights legally as well as physically. The study has identified that there are insufficient procedures regulating the demolition of the physical installations, which may result in a situation that physical installations remain on the property when the legal rights has been liquidated. This may cause inconveniences for the landowner due to own costs for removing the physical installation(s) or becoming responsible for the rightholders´ removal of the installation. Furthermore, increased costs affecting the landowner may arise in future cadastral procedures if the right still encumbers the property. The existence of installations no longer in use also constitutes a risk for human health and security, and the environment. The conclusion is that there is a need for better instructions and processes for removing the legal right and for who is responsible for the removal of the physical installation(s).
Keywords: Cadastre; Land management; Legislation; Rights; restrictions; responsibilities; land register; land administration; land use; legal pollution