“Is it the neighbor’s responsibility?”

by Prince Of Petworth March 12, 2019 at 2:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Peter Bjork

“Dear PoPville,

My condo building consists of 3 adjoining rowhouses. The board is currently in the process of getting bids to replace our roof (which includes multiple levels, flat and slanted). During the bid process, we discovered that a neighbor had built a roof deck, where some of the supports sit on the shared party wall between us. According to the roofing engineer: “The neighbor’s rooftop porch may need to be shored in place to accommodate the roof replacement because it bears on a shared party wall.” Obviously this could add some significant cost to our project. Is it the neighbor’s responsibility? Does anyone have any experience with a similar scenario?

Side note: the current owner of the neighboring house was not the one who erected the roof deck.”


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