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What to do when a neighbor contaminates your commercial property

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2022 | Business Law |

There is always a possibility that underground storage tanks can spring an unnoticed leak, even with modern technology keeping such things in check. Septic spills, oil leaks, and other forms of chemical contamination can harm the land and even spread across boundary lines to your commercial property.

When faulty storage on your neighbor’s property causes contamination on your land, it can have disastrous effects on your business. Unpleasant odors and exposure to harmful chemicals are immediate concerns to address, so it is important to take appropriate action right away.

Allow for a professional environmental investigation

If you suspect that a contamination originates from a neighbor’s property, discuss with them the possibility of allowing a professional investigation to take place. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will determine the extent of contamination and take steps to protect property owners and remediate the property.

Recover compensation from your neighbor

The most immediately apparent effects of environmental contamination are foul odors that might deter customers from your business. Beyond that, you and your clients might be at risk of injury or illness due to toxic chemicals or gasses. If an environmental investigation shows that these conditions are the result of a neighbor’s negligence, you may have grounds to pursue legal action and financial compensation.

When you suspect that environmental contamination is present, the first thing you should do is guarantee the safety of yourself, your family and the clients who visit your commercial property. You stand to suffer significant financial loss as a result of such contamination, so taking legal action against the neighbor responsible for the incident might be necessary in keeping your business afloat.