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Surface Water and Adjoining Landowners

With the significant rainfall that California has experienced this winter, now is a good time to revisit the rights and responsibilities of neighboring landowners with regard to “surface water”- water resulting from rain, snow or springs that is distributed over the surface of the land. You may ask yourself, “My property got water damage that came from my neighbor’s property. Who is responsible for the damages?” California law used to hold that a person may not interfere with the natural flow of surface water in any way that would cause an invasion of another’s interest in the use and enjoyment of their land.  Under this rule, the owner of an upper property had the right to discharge surface water from her property in any way that

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Uphill Landowners May be Liable for Damage to Their Downhill Neighbors Caused by Surface Water Run-Off

The weather forecasters claim California is in for a strong El Nino this year. And, although with this drought our state could definitely use some extra rain, if you live on (or below) a hill, the prospect of a lot rain may have you nervous about water damage to your property – especially if your uphill neighbor has made changes to his or her yard that may increase run off into yours. Here are some water law facts to help you hillside homeowners assess surface water run-off issues. So in California, uphill property owners might be liable for property damage to their downhill neighbors caused by surface water run-off if they failed to exercise reasonable care in the use of their property so as to

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Property Damage Insurance Claims

Property damage insurance provides insurance against liability for damage caused to real property.  Coverage under these types of policy is normally available through general liability coverage. Sometimes insurance companies deny coverage for property damage claims.  Our real estate attorneys have experience dealing with insurance companies when they deny coverage on property damage claims.   Just because an insurance company initially denies coverage does not mean that there is no coverage.  Often times the insured (our client) will have to push back and fight with the insurance company to get them to recognize coverage for the property damage claim.  This debate often involves an detailed analysis of the facts underlying the claim, the specific terms of the general liability policy and the applicable law. For help

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