Intercept land - you have to pay attention

Slopes and embankments on a property must always be intercepted. Why this is so, and who has to pay for land with different height to the neighboring property for the interception, read in detail in this post.

Catching slopes

Slopes and embankments must always be intercepted by suitable measures. Usually this happens through walls - there are several possibilities:

  • a drywall
  • a wall of plant rings
  • a massive heavyweight wall especially for steeper and longer slopes.

There are also some alternative options, such as gabion elements for attaching a slope to the property or L-stones.

Purpose of attachment

The attachment of slopes and embankments prevents a slope from being washed out and sets the earth in motion. Otherwise erosion will cause the earth to slip down the slope if it is not caught by a wall.

Attachment to adjacent land

If two adjoining properties have different heights, it is often a matter of dispute as to who has to pay for the cost of the slope fixation. This is debatable in many cases and often leads to bitter neighborhood disputes. Moreover, in such a case it is often not clear on whose land the wall must be.

Original terrain course

The starting point for an assessment of who has to build a retaining wall and who has to pay for it is the original course of the terrain. Also in the natural landscape (before any building activity) there may be "steps" and terrain edges as well as natural slopes.

Basically, who has a (natural) slope on his property, is responsible for the interception itself and must also bear the resulting costs themselves.

level changes

In many cases, however, the altitudes are artificially altered on land. There are two ways to do this:

1. A plot of land is heaped up to the property boundary, for example to have a level garden
2. A property is artificially dug to have a flat building surface or a house is set lower than the natural terrain height.

The duty to support the so artificially created slope always hits the "level changer". If both change the naturally existing height level (one pours, the other digs), the issue is more difficult to decide. Here, in each case, an amicable agreement and a division of the costs.

Tips & Tricks

In order to recognize the natural height level of a property, it is usually sufficient to have a close look at the landscape. More sound information is obtained in any case but the competent Land Survey Office. There can be given exactly information.

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