Columbus, OH asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Ohio

Q: Issue with neighbor house

I own a home in Ohio that was built in the early 1900’s along with its surrounding homes. It’s in a neighborhood where the houses are very close together, but the house to the left of ours is abnormally close like 4ft. They are missing gutters along that side of the house that borders ours and their side gutter dumps water from the other side of their house that doesn’t border us, into the area that we border eachother. This is causing excessive water during rains along that area and seems to be causing some water to come into the basement at times. Any advice? We have talked to the owner and pretty much we’re just told it was a work in progress which wasn’t very promising. The house is currently for sale and this is turning buyers off.

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Tell them you will talk to the local building dept. which might issue a building code violation. Or you could sue them for any damages caused by the excessive water.

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