My Tree Fell on my Neighbor’s Property when I Wasn’t There. Who is Liable?
If your tree falls on your neighbor’s property, then you may think you’re liable, however, that is not always the case. If your healthy tree fell on your neighbor’s property due to an act of nature, such as a hurricane, tornado, storm, etc, then you won’t be responsible. In this scenario, your neighbor MUST submit a claim to their insurance company immediately in order for their insurance to take care of any damages.
On the other hand, if a homeowner is removing a tree from their property without any professional help and their tree falls on their neighbor’s property, then that homeowner is liable. Also, if a homeowner’s tree is dying, infected, leaning over, etc, and it falls on a neighbor’s property, then that homeowner will be liable.
What Do I Do If My Neighbor’s Branches Are Overhanging On My Estate? Can I Cut Them?
It’s incredibly annoying when your neighbor’s trees are overhanging on your property and are making a mess! If this is the case, then you have the right to cut any branches that are extending over to your property. However, you are responsible for the cost of ANY cutting of branches, even if it isn’t your tree. You can only cut branches up to your property line.
Can I Do My Own Estate Tree Care?
Of course, you can!
But keep in mind that, if you do your own your tree maintenance, then you are responsible for any damages done to your property or neighbor’s property. This is why it’s a little risky if you cut braches or try removing big branches, or even the whole tree. Trees need to be pruned (trimmed/cut) at certain angles, seasons and with certain tools. Many estate owners who don’t check up on or live at their property use our estate tree care service for the reason of avoiding any lawsuits.