Is neighbor liable to remove debris from my property?

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Is neighbor liable to remove debris from my property?

My neighbor had 2 sheds in back yard he gave to contractors working for him. They disassembled the sheds dumped rotten floors on my property. I tried repeatedly to contact contractors, they wouldn’t return calls, now phone disconnected. I called neighbor asked to remove debris off my property. He stated that he gave buildings to contractors, he’s not responsible to remove them. Contractors were fly by night operation so that’s not option. Who’s liable to remove debris? Do I have any legal recourse?

Asked on February 4, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The neighbor is not responsible for the contractor's actions unless he instructed them to do this: a contractor is not an employee, and does not make the person hiring him liable for the contractor's acts except where the person hiring the contractor directs those actions. The contractors are the only ones who would be responsible or liable to do this. Try contacting the police and pressing charges against the contractors; they may bring them out to take the debris away.


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