Retaining Wall Issues?

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Latest post 02-13-2012 9:10 PM by Drew. 4 replies.
  • 02-12-2012 11:44 PM

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    Retaining Wall Issues?

    Hey Guys new to the site,

    My neighbors property has a retaining wall on his side which seperates our two properties. The issue is it was built out of cinderblock and has shifted/slid dramatically. Everytime it rains the water pours out from the bottom of the wall with rocks, dirt and debris. I have contacted my county about this 2 + years ago and the inspector has "condemned" the wall. Well here I am to this day nothing has been done at all. The property is currently up for sale though the property owner assured me "He'll get to it". My question is how do I move forward? Do I sue the property owner? Which kind of lawyer would I be looking for? Thanks. 

  • 02-12-2012 11:56 PM In reply to

    Re: Retaining Wall Issues?

    If the condition is damaging your property, you certainly have grounds for a lawsuit.

    It's called a private nuisance lawsuit and you can use the search feature to the right and start making phone calls.

     

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  • 02-13-2012 8:52 AM In reply to

    • Drew
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    Re: Retaining Wall Issues?

    90 seconds after he sells the place he will forget any promise to address the problem!

    If he altered the topography and the water run off the proper solution could involve megabuck costs to regrade and properly drain the land!

    A suit against the land (not just the owner) and a lis pendence  might sure gum up his sale prospects.

    Then again a nice clear readable sign on a post 1' inside your property line but facing his side,  warning prospective buyers of possible major cost to address this  defective retaining wall  might produce faster results.

    And depending on your  state disclosure laws you might send both owner and his agent a copy of the city inspection report condemming his wall --they might be required to thus disclose it to buyers. .



  • 02-13-2012 5:59 PM In reply to

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    Re: Retaining Wall Issues?

    Thank You Both. The "sign" idea is all ready in progress and am searching for an attorney. Thanks again.

  • 02-13-2012 9:10 PM In reply to

    • Drew
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    Re: Retaining Wall Issues?

    By now I'd probably also have a good guesstimate of cost range and issues from a friendly civil engineer --say $15,000/25,000 or whatever--just to put issues into prospective early in sequence.



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