A lifelong College Point homeowner was slapped with a vacate order by the Department of Buildings last week after construction work in an adjoining lot undermined his retaining wall, causing much of his backyard to begin to sink.
Kevin Stout said demolition work on two homes next door to his father's house at 122-16 14th Ave. resulted in damage to the retaining wall that lines James Stout's property. Heavy rains Saturday exacerbated the damage, shifting concrete sidewalks in the elder Stout's backyard and causing several feet of soil to wash away.
"They didn't have the permits to do this," Kevin Stout said. "They just do what they want and pay the fine later."
Stout, who often tends to the home for his father who is in his 80s, said damages to the property could be in excess of $50,000.