lateral support
A landowner's right to have his or her land supported by the land that lies next to it, for example, against any slippage, cave-in, or landslide. Example: a developer excavated into a hill to build an apartment building, without putting in a retaining wall. Surrounding buildings caved in, and the developer had to pay the entire value of the destroyed buildings.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


lateral support
n. A person (in property law) has the right to have his land supported at the sides by his neighbor's land; the principle that an adjoining landowner cannot alter the perimeter of his property in such a manner that his neighbor's land is adversely affected or weakened.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


lateral support
The right of a landowner to have his or her property naturally upheld by the adjoining land or the soil beneath.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


lateral support
The right of a landowner to have his or her property naturally upheld by the adjoining land or the soil beneath.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

lateral support
n.
   the right of a land- owner to assurance that his/her neighbor's land will provide support against any slippage, cave-in or landslide. Should the adjoining owner excavate into the soil for any reason (foundation, basement, leveling) then there must be a retaining wall constructed (or other protective engineering) to prevent a collapse. A classic example: a developer excavated into a hill along both the western and southern lines to create a pad for an apartment building and delayed putting in the retaining wall. Cracks appeared in the buildings next to the digging site, and the owners filed a lawsuit asking for an injunction to require the developer to build a wall. The judge so ordered, but the cave-in occurred anyway, the neighboring buildings toppled into the hole, and, in the subsequent lawsuit by the owners of the neighboring fallen buildings, the developer had to pay the entire value of the buildings which were destroyed. Most lateral support problems are less dramatic.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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