How to handle request from new neighbors
I don't know if this question belongs here, but I couldn't find anywhere else to ask it. We built our home 17 years ago. Our septic leach field is in the neighbor’s front yard adjacent to their own field. The easement for this is shown in the original subdivision plan filed with the county before we even bought the property. The septic tanks themselves are in our yard, only the leach field is in the easement. There have been three previous owners of that house and on each deed it specifies that there are restrictions and easements on file (there is also a road easement on the property as well as restrictive covenants for the subdivision). There has never been any question about this before. The house was sold earlier this week and yesterday we received a letter from the buyer’s agent saying that their attorney could not locate an easement agreement, so he drew one up that they are requesting we sign and pay for the right to use the easement. The dollar amount is insignificant, but that is not the issue. We looked up their deed online and it says nothing about restrictions or easements even though the seller’s deed did. We also looked up the plat online and the easement is clearly marked. The document they want us to sign reads as though these new owners are granting us the "right" to leave our septic field on their property. Isn't that what the easement marked on the plat already does? It also incorrectly states that our septic tank access is on their property when it is nowhere near it. When the tanks need to be pumped there is no need whatsoever to go on their property at all. We don’t want to start off on the wrong foot with new neighbors, but we don’t feel that we need this new easement agreement when we already have an easement, plus it is incorrect anyway in stating that our septic tank is there. What do we do? They have already closed on the house though they have not moved in yet.