Am I Responsible For The Damage I Caused To My Neighbor’s Property?

A pipe from my property cracked and was leaking water into the neighbor’s yard, ultimately flooding his basement. They were away so it is unclear how long the water was running. He has sent me an expensive bill for cleanup. Am I legally responsible?

Probably. Is the pipe for your benefit? Was it legally on your neighbor’s property? Who was responsible for maintenance? Could your neighbor have taken any reasonable steps to minimize the damage?

The answers to these and similar questions will determine whether, and to what extent, you are responsible. However, depending on the dollar amount, you may also want to consider good relations with your neighbor.