Lateral Support Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Lateral Support.

Lateral Support (n): A legal principle that pertains to an adjoining property's obligation to provide natural support against issues like landslides, cave-ins, floods, and slippage that might occur due to changes within its boundaries. If, for instance, a property situated on a slope is excavated and this action causes a landslide on the neighboring land, it's the excavator's duty to provide measures (e.g., a retaining wall) that secure the neighboring property's stability.