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If you hired this contractor to tear down the house and he/his employees were negligent and caused damage to neighboring property, then the liability should fall to the contractor.
The fact that the events took place on your property doesn't make you automatically liable. The bot***** *****ne is that this contractor had control over the property and was in charge of the demolition and let things get out of hand.
If the guy represented to you that he had insurance and didn't, then you'd have a claim of fraud against him in the event that a legal action was necessary.
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If anything comes of this, you need to turn the liability over to the contractor.....and if you are sued as the landowner, you would also file a claim for indemnity against the contractor and have him defend you and cover any liability that may be assessed.
The only real thing that you could have exposure for would be not getting a copy/laying eyes on the liability insurance license, but you're not going to find a great deal of people who would do that.....and a jury isn't likely to assess much/if any liability for that.
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