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What can I do about a dangerous tree on my neighbor's property?

When your neighbor has dangerous trees on his or her property, what can you do about them? What happens if the trees fall and hurt you or someone you love? Can you do anything if the tree affects your property?

While landscaping looks beautiful, the fact is that large trees can be dangerous. If your neighbor has a large tree that falls on your home or into your yard, it should be his or her responsibility to cover the cost of repairs as well as clean up. You can ask ahead of time for the tree to be cut back or even removed if you feel it's dangerous.

Sometimes the property owner won't be held liable. For example, if an act of God, otherwise known as an act of nature, takes place, then the owner may not be able to be held liable. A good example of this would be if a tornado passes through the area and tears the tree out of the ground, dropping it on your home. The tree may have been otherwise stable, so it's hard to claim the owner was negligent in any way.

If a tree is not maintained well, then it's likely you'll be able to make a claim. On top of that, if a tree on your neighbor's property begins to interfere with yours, you can ask for it to be removed. An example of this would be if you had a paved driveway that suddenly cracked because of tree roots from your neighbor's nearby tree. You could request for the tree to be removed because of it crossing the property line.

Source: FindLaw, "Neighbor Disputes: Trees," accessed Dec. 29, 2015

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