Posted by Frank Chin on February 12, 2002 at 20:01:07:
Hi Michael A. Bardelli:
I’m not rendering a legal opinion, but just to mention that I have a telephone distribution box mounted on the back wall of a rental. This distribution box serves the entire row of attached MF units, somewhat similar to your townhouse setup.
I don’t recall any utility easements mentioned in any of my contracts either. However, they had done work on it from time to time, and I received letters from the utility informing me of upcoming service calls, with on or about dates, with the telephone number of the project manager to call if I had any questions.
I usually get these letters several weeks ahead of time.
You might want to call your utility about their procedures, and the law. Its possible that the previous owner may have gotten the letters as you just took over. I vaguely recall there are laws in New York state allowing cable companies to run cables and install equipment, and landlords cannot object, thus giving them an easement. The law was passed after some landlords blocked cable crews from installing equipment.