Property renovation refers to changes or improvements that are made to a home or to real property.  It may involve such changes as:

  • Repairs of broken structures or fixtures
  • Additions or upgrades to functional aspects of the property
  • Cosmetic changes to increase the attractiveness of the property
  • Adding more space or levels building
  • Changing outer aspects of the property such as the garden or the parking lt.

Property renovation is frequently applied to commercial and business property.  It can help to increase the company’s business, as a well-kept and upgraded property will generally attract more customers.  Property renovation can also involve changes that enhance the property’s safety and its accessibility for persons with physical limitations.

Is Property Renovation Always Allowed?

Property renovation is not always allowed.  That is, property owners don’t have an automatic right to renovate their property.  For instance, property cannot be renovated if the changes will result in a violation of a state law or a city ordinance.  Also, property renovation can usually only occur with the consent of the land owner or the manager of the property.  Unauthorized renovation may result in a private civil lawsuit. 

On the other hand, some types of property renovation may actually be necessary.  For example, if there is an issue with a dangerous building, the property owner may be required to make renovations in order to fix the potentially hazardous conditions.  Or, renovation may be necessary as a response to a recently issued city zoning or health code ordinance. 

What are Some Types of Property Renovation Disputes?

Some common types of property renovation lawsuits may involve:

  • Negligence (for example, a failure to repair dangerous building structures can lead to a premises liability claim)
  • Breach of contract, such as when there is a violation of construction contract terms
  • Loan defaults-home improvement loans are common for property renovation projects
  • Zoning laws and ordinance violations

One thing to consider regarding property renovations is the issue of remedies.  In some cases, the violation may only be discovered after the renovations have been completed.  If there is an issue, it may be difficult to request that the property renovations be undone.  In such cases, the court will likely issue a monetary damages award rather than issuing an injunction to have the renovations undone or destroyed. 

Do I Need a Lawyer for Help With Property Renovation Issues?

Property renovation projects can sometimes be very complicated, and they may involve several different parties.  If you need assistance with property renovation issues, you may wish to hire an experienced property lawyer in your area.  Your attorney will be able to explain how the laws in your area may affect your rights.  Also, in the event that you need to negotiate a contract or file a lawsuit, your attorney can provide you with legal representation.