Should I let my neighbor perform underpinning?

What is underpinning? Underpinning is the process of installing a new “foundation” under your existing foundation as a means of structural support. It is typically necessary when your neighbor is developing their property and their new foundation (and hence their … Continue reading

NYC Now Requires Monitoring During Certain Adjacent Property Excavation

Effective December 31, 2014 certain construction projects in New York City will require monitoring of adjacent buildings impacted by construction.  Pursuant to newly added section 3309.4.4: During the course of excavation work the following shall be monitored in accordance with … Continue reading

A Quick Look at NYC’s Notice Requirement for Adjoining Construction

In 2014 the first significant series of amendments to the 2008 code went into effect.  Chief among amendments was the addition of new section 3309.1.1 (effective 12/31/2014).  It provides as follows: Where a construction or demolition project will require access … Continue reading

Architects involved with excavation in NYC may face strict liability for damage to adjacent property

When the Court of Appeals decision in Yenem Corp. v. 281 Broadway came down in 2012 it signaled a potential avalanche of strict liability claims against persons that “cause an excavation to be made.”  The question remained: who causes an excavation to … Continue reading