PURCHASING LANDSLIDES: TREADING ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE
In landslides, however, there are a number of differences. Is the damage imminent and likely to be permanent? Is the damage actually caused by landslides? Who buys, who owns, and who is responsible for the property? This paper examines three cases and some of the issues involved and discusses why some properties qualify while others do not. Obviously, all the properties damaged by landslides cannot be purchased. This is especially true since we have used up many of the more desirable building sites and are moving into those that are more problematic. However, it is hoped that this program will make people more aware of the insidious nature of landslides and the danger of building in landslide-prone areas.