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Old 05-02-2010, 06:11 AM
 
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Does anyone know who is legally responsible if a fallen branch damages the neighbor's house?
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: West Cedar Park, Philadelphia
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Tree + fire = problem solved???
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:22 AM
 
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The tree owner is reponsible for the damage. I had a large branch fall on my house and damage the roof, my neighbors homeowners insurance paid.
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Old 05-12-2010, 01:34 PM
 
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Talk to the neighbor nicely about it and let him know you're concerned about the tree branches over your house and lie if you have to tell them that your insurance company isn't too happy about it either.
I'm sure the neighbor will understand. If not, too bad. If it's threatening your home than you can cut it off. At least you warned him about it. Just don't go and do it without telling them about it first. I think that would miff them a little.
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:50 PM
 
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FWIW, my tree guy told me they can cut branches extending into my yard, but not to the point it could kill the tree. I'd avoid going to war with a neighbor.
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:51 PM
 
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Generally you can trim branches that are on your property but you can't damage the tree. So in the scenario you describe, it sounds like there is enough of the tree on your property that trimming those branches would compromise the tree. I don't mean to sound unsympathetic, but the oak tree was there when you bought your place, and if you knew about trees, the acorns, etc. would not come as a surprise. For what it's worth, big trees add value to a property.
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Old 05-14-2010, 05:11 PM
 
Location: West Cedar Park, Philadelphia
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Cut the tree down. Cut it into pieces then, at night, sneak a cut limb into your neighbors bed. When they wake up... well... you get the rest.
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Old 07-19-2010, 09:29 AM
 
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Has any one reply to 36584hilda about paying for someone else tress to be trimmed from your yard. Iam having the same issue?
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:19 PM
 
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We live out of the city limits. We have a neighbor that is mad at us for cutting the grass along the road in front of his house...said it was his property. I think it is the states. Anyway, same neighbor has 3 pines, a walnut and a chestnut tree along the property line...the limbs are hanging over our property, and frankly, I am tired of cleaning up walnuts, pine needles and chestnut burrs. We had our attorney send them a letter, but he refuses to cut the branches, at our cost. Should we just cut them then worry about it or take legal action against him!
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:07 AM
 
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A really nasty thing that you can do is soak your side of the ground in herbicide. Since botanical branching typically mirror images their root system, using herbicide on your side of the yard directly beneath said branches will eventually kill the entire tree. I'm certainly not suggesting that this is in any way legal or even ethical; but it will get rid or your overhanging branch problem. On the other hand, having your neighbor's dead trees perpetually leaning precariously over your house or property is not exactly a good outcome either, so you may be better off just sweeping acorns, needles, walnuts or whatever.

I guess this is why my wife has always insisted on only looking at houses that didn't have any tree on the property(s); the one we're interested in, and the others adjoining it. Or, in this case, an ounce of prevention being worth the pound of cure.
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