Can I be sued for something the city did?

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Can I be sued for something the city did?

Im a renter of a house and the city dug my gas
line to fix it. The back neighbors are now
saying they want to sue cause that digging
caused their shes to get un levele. Can they
do that even though the city is the one to do
the work?

Asked on January 26, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, you are not liable for the city's actions, since you do not control the city's actions. While it possible that the neighbors will still file a suit against you--unfortunately, the courts do not "pre-screen" lawsuits to make sure they are viable--you should have a good defense to liability on the grounds that you are not the proper party to sue. Your neighbors should be suing the city, not you.


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