A few weeks ago here in Massachusetts, we had a snowstorm that brought a foot of snow. I snow-blowed and went inside. That night neighbor came knocking and claimed I ruined his siding pointing out snow stuck along the side of his house via snow-blower. He made this claim without even brushing away snow to validate his point. When the snow melted, he came to me and pointed out damage to the side of his house. Personally, the damage looks like too much for the mere snow to create. He now claims I have to pay for his panels. I believe that the damage was there before snow-storm and that he is trying to get me to pay for the damage I do not believe I caused. Am I obligated to pay?
Here are photos of said damage: https://ibb.co/cfGndv, https://ibb.co/h56W5a, https://ibb.co/jQXSdv
***The question was previous posted but I wanted to add that the snow was along the house and not just in one spot.
The simple answer is no, you do not have to pay it if you don't believe you caused the damage. However, the neighbor may take you to court over the damage. They will need to prove that you did in fact cause the damage or it is more likely than not by the preponderance of the evidence that you did. Most likely you will need to retain an Attorney to fight this action if it is brought against you.
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Unless a court orders you to pay after you have been sued and have a trial, there is no obligation to pay for the damage. However, as a defendant, you will most likely need an attorney to help you in this case and there won't be any way to get your attorneys fees back. If your neighbor files a lawsuit consult with an attorney and see if a settlement makes sense. Otherwise, you can simply tell the neighbor you won't pay and it's up to them to bring you to court or not.
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You should let your homeowner's insurer know immediately about his claim. Your neighbor should be notifying his insurer. They'll work it out.
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