Construction projects can impact neighboring landowners in ways that range from minor annoyances to dangerous structural issues. Well-drafted temporary and permanent site agreements with neighboring landowners can help project owners maintain good relationships with their neighbors. In my latest article in the Daily Journal of Commerce, I describe some of the types of legal agreements that can help project owners address the potential impacts of construction on neighboring sites.
Ideally, temporary agreements like “swingway” easements for crane operations, temporary parking, and material storage areas should be negotiated prior to the project design phase. Permanent agreements addressing ongoing issues such as payment of property taxes; time, place and manner of use; insurance; coordination of activities and maintenance and restoration should also be secured prior to construction.
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