If you are looking to take an easement on property owned by others, it is strongly recommended that you contact the legal office of Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes at the earliest possible stage. They will be able to give guidance relating to the taking of an easement, inform you of what documentation they will need to see and the process which needs to be followed to finalise the legal documentation.
Creating a new project to take an easement on property owned by others
Click on the Add New Project button and this will display a form requesting some basic preliminary details which need to be completed, before you can create your project record. As you complete some of this information, additional questions will appear to guide you through.
Click on Select Trustees and select the managing trustees who are currently managing this property. Enter a project name to identify your project e.g. 'Taking an easement over neighbouring property, 24 Church St' and then enter a project description to provide further details of what the proposal entails.
Next you will need to click on Add Activity and then select Easement From to show that you are proposing to take an easement over property owned by others. In the description of the Project Activity, you can add a concise note to identify what is to be purchased.
After selecting the project activity you will then have the opportunity to give the property involved a more useful name e.g. changing it from 'New property to purchase or lease' to 'Plot of land belonging to neighbour at 24 Church Street'. When the details of the property affected are known, these will need to be updated on the Property Details screen at a later date (by clicking on 'View/Edit this property' on the project record or via Manage Properties).
Once all of the details have been entered, click on the Create New Project button at the bottom of the form. The project record will now be created, with a unique project ID reference and will be linked to the property affected. You can now continue entering further information into the project record for this proposed easement.
Completing the project record for taking an easement on property owned by others
When your project record opens for the first time, you will see Step 1 Complete Required Information is highlighted. Hovering over this first step will show what areas need to be completed.
For this easement, you will see the Project Summary tab, Project Purpose tab and the Easement tab have been activated. You will need to complete the required information on each of these tabs to resolve the outstanding issues shown at the top of each tab.
On the Project Purpose tab some of these questions may not be entirely relevant and in some cases you may need to enter 'not applicable' in the boxes and click the Save button.
By clicking on the Easement tab, you will see that information about the proposed easement will need to be completed, such as the solicitor's details and the consideration payable. After final consent has been given, managing trustees and their solicitor should contact the TMCP legal office to finalise the legal documentation.
If you require further guidance about taking an easement, please contact the TMCP legal office.