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

What is a “construction license access agreement?”

Building in New York is tough and its expensive.  Building in the close confines found in many parts of New York often adds an additional problem:  you may need to access your neighbor’s property to perform part of the construction … Continue reading

Agreements for Adjacent Property Access

Performing construction in New York City can often involve working in tight quarters.  As a result, it is often necessary to enter your neighbor’s property in order to perform the work and, perhaps more importantly, to erect protection for their … 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