Property Damage from neighbors roofers

UPDATED: Jun 12, 2009

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Property Damage from neighbors roofers

I had a vent in my glass block that was broken by the neighbors roofers. It’s a side job company, and I’m confident there is no insurance. I’ve already spent more time than I care getting estimates for it to be fixed. I consistantly get the same quote, however – this guy keeps fighting that his “people” will fix it (cheaper for him). I don’t want “his people” to fix it – I don’t know who they are, nor do I trust them. I’ve found a legitimate company with a reasonable price to do the work. Can he argue price or do I have the right to insist on a non-biased, unaffiliated (with him or me) company?

Asked on June 12, 2009 under Insurance Law, Ohio


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

I don't know Ohio law, and this is an area where there is some variation n the law.  In some states, a roofer has to have some sort of state license, and if these "people" don't have a license, they don't have a leg to stand on.  If that's the law in your state, you're entitled to have a licensed tradesman do this work, and in most places the building officials require it, unless you're doing the work yourself.

If it gets beyond this, you need to talk to a lawyer, who can review all of the facts under Ohio law, for reliable advice on how to deal with this situation.  One place to look for a qualified attorney is our website,

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