Three neighboring houses in California share a long retaining wall that runs adjacent to the sidewalk and supports their front yards. The wall was built more than thirty years ago, before any of the homeowners moved in.
Recently a portion of the wall collapsed. The city inspector found that the wall was not properly constructed and has declared that the entire wall must be removed and replaced. There is no record of permits or inspections for the wall.
Shouldn't the city bear at least some of the cost of replacement, given that they didn't stop the wall from being built or make sure that it was up to code when it was built?