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On January 27, The neighbor above me had an irrigation

On January 27, The neighbor above me had an irrigation mainline break causing a huge surge of water rushing down the hillside. This happened a few months ago at a lesser level in the same place but we didn't know what caused it so I had to bear the cost of clean up. Thankfully, I had some vacation renters who were home at the time when the break occurred. I called fire Dept and they shut off water. Guests took lots of videos and pictures of the patio flooding and waterfall. They called me, I told them to get the drains cleared which resulted in the house not flooding.I called various people to help me in the emergency and raced to the property. I paid through the nose but had to because I didn't want the guests to freak out and leave.I sent email to owner & here's his response:Him: I do have to add here that this email is for settlement purposes only and while I have been happy to be a friendly neighbor and clean up the dirt, I need to remind you that the hillside is not my property and if in fact the hill is shifting because of the rain I should not be held responsible. All this said, if I am going to pay any more money or do any more work we need to have a final understanding and settlement. I have cc'd my landscaper and my attorney on this email to keep them in the loop.1). Replant landscaping that was removed by slope failure- This is set for when it stops raining2) repair drip line sprinklers along backside of house- I will have my guy look into this3) pool: reimburse me for additional expenses by pool man for grid filter replacement, clean filter system twice and additional water expense for draining half of pool water. (Waiting for bill)- Please send me the bill, however I think we should split this as I don't think I am 100% responsible for what happened.4). Clean out sump pump and drains from mud and debris- My understanding is that all these were cleaned out. Are you seeing any flooding because of blockage?5) respond to city citation and order to comply (copy forthcoming )- I do not know what you are referring to.6) reimburse me for apology dinner for seven people that I cooked for 7 renters who saved the house from flooding. $350- I do not feel like I should be held responsible for you deciding to take people out to dinner without an agreement from me.7) clean tracks left by wheel barrows in garage and on driveway- It is my understanding that the guys cleaned everything up before they left. If not when my guys does the replanting he will clean8) replace two panes of glass broken on garage- Who broke the glass? That was not damage from the water.9) reimburse me for payment of emergency workers who cleaned up mud so tenants could have uninterrupted use of property and pool $400- Please send me the invoice and contact info for people that did this work. I was given zero notice about this.10). After original guests left that you met, new Guests showed up, saw mud and felt property was unsafe and left. She didn't want to allow clean up and disruption during her stay. I'm currently in negotiations to retain these funds. Rental for property Feb 6-13 was $3087. So far, I am prevailing but I wanted to make you aware in case it goes the other direction.- I hope you resolve this as I will not take responsibility for this.11) it appears that there is a huge chunk of mud that was held up on hillside by rocks and is unstable. It appears it may come down with any impending rain and create more clean up and damage.- Again...this is not my hillside, and with all the rain I cannot be held responsible for future events.11). Pay for soils engineer to certify stability of the slope. One engineer questioned why your irrigation main broke in the first place. He questioned if your property was slipping and reasoned that's why pipe broke. As you know, I have documented proof that this has happened less than ten times since 2010 from Colin Vaines. To solve this problem and assure the property's safety, I believe if you build a swale to catch draining water from your property and send it to the street as per LA City code, it will alleviate any future problems. If the slope is such that the water cannot drain to the street, I would grant an easement through the property. It's a pay now or pay later scenario.- I have no responsibility to get a soil engineer for a hillside that is not mine. In the 6.5 years that I have lived at the property there has only been one other incident of a pipe bursting. That is 6.5 years of rain, drought and other elements that could affect the hill, not to mention the thousands of years before that.I have not received all of the estimates for repair or bills from the above mentioned vendors. Once I receive all of them, I will forward same to you. In the meantime, I would appreciate reimbursement for the expenses I do know about listed above. That total is $700.HELP!

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If you buy a property at a county tax sale, can the original

If you buy a property at a county tax sale, can the original owner who has the right of redemption sign a quit claim deed over to a third party and that third party sell the property and then pay you - as the tax sale buyer - from the proceeds of that sale before the redemption period expires, and is it legal to do a real estate closing with the third party buyer (bypassing the original owner with the right of redemption) at the closing? I am the tax sale buyer and have been told that a third party had the owner sign a quit claim deed on a promise of helping her improve her credit score ( no money to her and they have sold the property, had a closing without me, and sent me a check without the original owner ever redeeming it from me.) Is this legal?JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Georgia, RomeJA: Has any paperwork been filed?Customer: The closing took place on the 29th, while I was out of state, and I was express mailed a personal check from the buyer for the amount of money I paid plus 30% mandated fee. I doubt any paper work has been filed at the court house yet, because at this point I have not yet signed the quit claim deed they are insisting I sign. I have refused to sign anything at this point, and the attorney's office has sent me an email stating that if I do not sign the email I could be in legal trouble. This doesn't sound right to me. I thought only the original owner had the right of redemption and to pay me before she could do anything with the property.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No, thanks.

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