Flooding and heavy rain can do serious damage to your property and can cost thousands of dollars, or more, to repair. The law may offer protection against some types of water damage depending how the damage occurred.
When a natural disaster, or an “Act of God” destroys your property, no other landowner can be held liable for the damage that happened. A natural disaster may include:
If a neighbor’s careless act results in the artificial diversion of water to a landowner's property, the landowner may recover from the neighbor for the resulting damage. In general, a neighbor will not be responsible for damage to your property caused by runoff from naturally occurring land and rain conditions.
However, if the neighbor has landscaped their land or altered their land so that more water runs onto your land than would otherwise naturally occur, you may be able to recover from the neighbor for your damages. There are three types of law that may help your case:
If a person’s property suffers water damage due to the careless acts of a neighbor, the person may recover:
Whether you suffered water damage or are accused of causing water damage, a real estate and property attorney can help you. A lawyer will know the specific laws in your state and can help you recover for your losses or defend you from liability.
Last Modified: 04-12-2018 07:04 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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