What are the grantee’s responsibilities?

The grantee organization, or land trust, is responsible for enforcing the restrictions that the easement document spells out. To do this, the grantee monitors the property on a regular basis, typically once a year. Grantee representatives visit the restricted property, usually accompanied by the owner. They determine whether the property remains in the condition prescribed by the easement, and documented at the time of the grant. The grantee maintains written records of the monitoring visits. The visits also serve to keep the grantee and the property owner in touch.

If a monitoring visit reveals that the easement has been violated, the grantee has the legal right to require the owner to correct the violation and restore the property to its condition prior to the violation.