This is a sentence from a contact of sale of a property:

The purchaser has agreed to abandon the right of lane way attached to the property.

I simply thought there is a lane way right next to the property, and it is a physical fact and it is not part of the property.

Still, I looked up "attached" and there is a meaning "connected to" with an example: a house with an attached garage.

Then I thought "just like a garage is part of the property as a whole" may be the lane way in the above sentence could also be a part of the property, which is why the seller wants to block the buyer to use the lane way.

So, I want to ask, does the word "...attached to.." simply refer to a physical fact meaning "...next to/adjacent to.."? Or does it mean that the laneway is an attachment of the property?

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    If this is part of a contract, attached may have a specific legal meaning.
    – stangdon
    Feb 23, 2023 at 18:42
  • I think there's a transcription error. Google finds just 4 instances of the sequence "right of lane way". Feb 23, 2023 at 18:55
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    I’m voting to close this question because it's asking us to interpret a legal text - either mistranscribed or not written by a native Anglophone lawyer in the first place. ELLINAL! Feb 23, 2023 at 18:58
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    This is typical legal language in real estate. A right-of-way lane is correct, The right-of-way lane is attached i.e. is part of the property. Attachments can be man made or natural: study.com/academy/lesson/… And this legal English is fine. This question should not be closed.
    – Lambie
    Feb 23, 2023 at 20:25
  • I agree that it should be closed. It is not a question of learning English, but a question of specific legal interpretation. The OP should consult a legal expert on the proper interpretation of this easement. Or, if this just reading contracts for the purpose or studying English, then find a better source!
    – James K
    Feb 23, 2023 at 20:37

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The word "attached" can be sued in several different senses. But in th given example:

The purchaser has agreed to abandon the right of lane way attached to the property.

what is attached seems to be a right, not the physical lane. So I take this text to mean that the right of use of the lane is, or has been associated with the property, that it, in a sense, comes with the ownership of the property. Of course it is no doubt also true that the physical lane is adjacent to the rest of the property.

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