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Old 01-28-2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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My home is on a row of attached houses. Recently, the house next to ours (separated by a common or party wall) has been remodeling and doing a lot of construction (we're guessing as a part of a house flipping attempt). We found out that the contractor actually dug out the floor of his basement in order to increase the overall height of his basement without our knowledge (which is necessary when conducting such a task involving the party wall; he actually obtained a permit stating we had verbally consented to this but as you can tell, we didn't and had no idea up til now). Could this have any negative effect on our house (i.e. structural damage, etc) or even our land? What are the consequences of such an action? Any and all answers or advice would be appreciated.


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Old 01-28-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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Well how do you feel about cracking sheetrock and failing foundation?
Why have you not reported this to the building dept.
You permission needed to be in writing!
Did they get an inspection report from an engineer to even do this work?

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Well how do you feel about cracking sheetrock and failing foundation?
Why have you not reported this to the building dept.
You permission needed to be in writing!
Did they get an inspection report from an engineer to even do this work?
We did not even know any construction was going on in the basement until literally a week ago or so. We've contacted the building department; so far the person I've been corresponding with said they couldn't prove the owner/contractor did not obtain verbal consent and he's trying to consult Legal Services. .

Do you mind elaborating on what the failing foundation or cracking sheetrock would be a direct result from (bear with my ignorance on the topic!) I'd just like to wrap my head around the chain of events that could lead to that.
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If the contractor received a soils analysis from an engineer and is doing the underpinning according to the recommendations, then it is very possible you won't suffer any ill affects. If not, they could cause tremendous damage to your property and you should obtain an injunction to get them to stop, or hire a lawyer to sue them for damages, as it sounds here like you may have grounds.
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holy crap !!!!! are you kidding everything everyone,s posted is true did you know that the wall between you and them not only can be compromised but the foundation in the front and rear of your home also if they do dig down they should properly add a thicker footing on there side they loose sq ftg. but thats there prob
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There contacting legal services to cover there as*. They messed up big time.
All this needs to be in writing not emails or verbal.
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and all the dirt he dug out where was that going...how low is your basement and total room square footage? thinking he went to 8' for it

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