What my rights regarding the restoration of my lawn if my neighbor is digging up their broken sewer pipe that is running through my property as well?

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What my rights regarding the restoration of my lawn if my neighbor is digging up their broken sewer pipe that is running through my property as well?

It seems that I can’t stop them from tearing apart my lawn to replace the old pipe with a new one, so how can I get them to restore the landscape (dirt/plants) to its original form at my neighbor’s expense in writing? What kind of agreement would that be? Also, if the sewer pipe leaks and messes up my lawn, how I can seek for compensation?

Asked on December 28, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Washington

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You don't need a fancy agreement: a simple agreement, signed by them, stating that they will pay to restore or repair all damage they do, will suffice. If the won't voluntarily sign (or do sign, but then do not pay), you can sue them for the money: anyone who damages another's property either negligently (carelessly) or intentionally--even for otherwise good reasons, like a sewer repair--can be held liable for the cost to repair or replace what they damage.


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