Damage to neighbor's property

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    Damage to neighbor's property

    I caused minor damage to my neighbor's property. I am fully responsible and got a repair quote for $500. My neighbor got his own quote for $1000 and demands that I use his repairman and pay the $1000. AM I legally required to do this? As long as it is returned to the exact condition it was prior to the accident, can't I use my own repairman?


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    I would advise the neighbor you will pay $500 for damages and they can choose whomever they wish to fix it.

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    I cannot tell from your question what state you are from. Under Texas law, the costs or repair must be "reasonable." That doesn't mean the reasonable cost of repair has to be the cheapest. However, if you have a cheaper quote from an otherwise reputable repairman using commonly accepted materials and workmanship, then you might have a defense that his quote of $1,000 is unreasonable and excessive. If I were in your position, I would give your neighbor a copy of the quote you got from your repairman along with a check for the amount of your estimate. At this point, the ball is in his court. If your neighbor decides the go with your repairman, then everything should be resolved. If he decides to use his repairman, then he has to decide whether he wants to pay the extra money out of his pocket and then take the chance that he would be successful in court against you for the difference. That seems like quite a gamble especially since he has your estimate in his hands that he can now verify.

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    Courts are efficient. The Court will accept the least amount of money required to put the Plaintiff back in the position they were in prior to the damage. In other words, $500 is the most efficient method of repairing the damage.

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    If you have destroyed the nieghbor property fully then i think you can pay the small claim its good for you.


 

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