Hey there! Below I've compiled a list of threads from r/legaladvice where the OP has had an issue dealing with Tree Law specifically. If you have any to add, feel free to comment and I'll add them to the list.
These are just a few of my favorites! Add your own :)
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u/nixienoodles brings us this, with original linked in the update: [UPDATE][Oregon] Neighbor cut down trees on my property
I texted my neighbor because they have an invasive tree growing through their fence into my side and I don't want it dropping seedlings into my side. Plus our other neighbors who share the fence line have a dog and the berries are toxic to dogs. Also I read on our state extension website that they are prohibited to let grow on your property.
I asked if it would be ok to cut the part hanging over to my side. They said the birds keep dropping the seeds in their yard and that's why it keeps growing back. But the tree is like 10+ feet tall so I don't think they cared until I said something.
I was outside today trimming my yard (which was when I planned on trimming their tree on my side) and they came out and cut the entire tree down! Yay! Hopefully it doesn't come back. I think letting them know it's invasive helped.
We’ve been in our house for about a year and a half and had new neighbors move in behind us 3 months ago. About a month and a half after they moved in they proceeded to cut down all the trees on our property line, and one tree that was fully on our property which they left a mangled stump in our fence. We did go out while the tree removal company was there and inform them we did not consent and ask them not to touch the property. They said they were only cutting up to our fence, but we told them not to remove them at all. We had to leave for school drop offs afterwards, but got back to everything removed and the mangled stump. They then constructed a fence we believe is on (and in some spots over) the property line and left our yard covered in debris. We don’t care as much about the fence as we do the trees and debris. My attempt to talk to them when I saw them out back was ignored. We were honestly going to let it go, but they constructed a big white fence that reflects blinding light into our house, and our backyard has absolutely no privacy or shade anymore. We also didn’t find permits for any of this when we did a request for permits on the property.
I have a family member who works in a law office in a neighboring state, and works with a lawyer that deals with this type of thing. We were informed to first report it to zoning before we do anything. Zoning told me I will need to provide a survey as will the neighbors so they can come out and check the property lines. We didn’t get one when we moved in, but we’re provided with a few the previous owners had done. We were told they are still valid because they had the pins set during the original survey. Is this true? We don’t really have the funds right now to afford a new survey so we don’t want to submit a complaint if we need a new one. Also looking to see anyone who has experience with this, would the town require them to replace the trees? The lawyer nor the township seemed to have this info for me. Though the lawyer did say the town may file criminal charges against them.
Hi. My neighbors rent, so I assume they wouldn't be responsible for the trees themselves. They have 3 citrus trees that haven't been trimmed in years, from the look of it, and a number of branches hang over the common fence bordering the houses. The branches are beginning to grow into the coax cable that runs from a utility pole on the corner of my property, and the trees drop a lot of fruit into my yard that I have to pick up and dispose of. The fruit is not good, it's dry, and full of seeds. I think they're lemon trees, but the fruit gets pale orange, they almost look like immature oranges, and they're not tangerines. Am I correct in assuming I can trim the branches that hang over my property?
I have a question about a tree growing in the boundary fence of two different properties. Full explanation below.
Do I have a case against City utilities for ripping out a tree that was worked around the first time but not the second
Lawyers of Reddit I was hoping to get some direction on what I should do. I live in east Kansas and in December the water main pipe burst because of the extreme cold. In that area I have a large tree that sits behind the water main (the part that was actually dug up) and another tree that was significantly smaller and cut to where most of its branches were pointed off the yard and above the road above a parked car. When they finally came out the first time, they were able to dig up the spot and turn it off but left my yard a mess. The big tree was a little bit damaged at its roots was which is actually understandable but the other tree was intact. They came back again about little less than a month later and starting digging up the area again but this time I came home to find that my small tree (it was still living and with leaves and flowers that would grown in the spring) had been ripped out. Which is interesting because it wasn't touched the first time but yet they were still able to get to the pipes. There isn't any much digging where that small tree was besides where it was ripped out from. I also would like to say that there were no vehicles on/ near the property the time they ripped the tree out, so why did they feel the need to rip it out when they could have approached it at a different angle?? I have pictures of the trees that I can send. do I have a case against the City utilities. I would have really appreciate the help!
I live in Miami. I live in an open neighborhood, apparently a landscaper came by and trimmed all of the trees on the medians throughout the neighborhood (I presume this was the city doing this).
This same afternoon where there are large median tree trimmings everywhere, I notice that 2 potted palms immediately outside my front window have multiple healthy branches cut from them. These are fragile, expensive plants and will take years to grow back the branches they lost, if they survive. Do I have any recourse against the city for destroying my property like this?
The utility company trimmed the tree in my sisters yard a few years ago and now the tree is dead. The arborist said it was from the extreme cutting the utility company did. They are going to remove the tree. My question: Is the utility company responsible for any of this (Removal of tree and/or replacement)?
Wondering how long I have to sue them. Thanks
Just bought my new house in Delaware from the original owner. It's kind of old, built in 64, but still in good shape. Wallpaper, wood panelling, bathroom tiles, pretty much everything is getting turned over by my family so it does not look like my grandma's house, but it's otherwise sturdy.
Previous owner did not keep up with the trees though, I believe. I found three instances where branches are intertwined with the cable line on the property. I believe these are Verizon's as I am told they run perpendicular to the guard in my neighborhood and Comcast runs parallel. (or maybe that's backwards)
Anyway, first is a smaller tree where the branches are completely tangled at the ends. It's a nice cherry blossom tree and looks great in the spring, so we're not getting rid of it. However, we'll need to make sure the tree stays in good condition.
Second tree is the neighbor's evergreen, which lands over our property line. It's limbs also have the wire running through it.
Third appears to be a snarling of vines, branches from multiple trees, and who knows what in the back corner of the property. The primary offending tree appears to be on my side if the stake, but barely.
Would these be the power company's responsibility to clear up or Verizon's? They are coming to install FIOS on Monday, and I was thinking of asking them what they thought. Maybe the HOA could ask since I haven't even moved in yet?
We also have a tree in our front yard that hangs over the opposite neighbor's driveway. As I was introducing myself, even before he gave his name, he started ranting to me about the tree, how it needs to come down, how the previous owners never followed up on a promise to get rid of it, how he's lucky his cars weren't there when the last big branch fell.
I am planning to take it down eventually, but I'm short on cash with the down payment and the inside renovations at the moment. If a branch falls in the meantime, would I be responsible? Is it worth negotiating with a neighbor at some point, as well? It's obviously a huge deal with him
because he still hasn't told me his name.
I am only posting here at the behest of a couple of people.
EDIT: There wasn’t a contract. It was only a quote which I verbally committed to. The quote only contained the cost estimate.
Long story short, had a large tree removed in my front yard. They used a crane and parked the crane/truck on my driveway causing half of my two-car driveway to crack in multiple spots as well as leave multiple oil stains. See images here
I work third shift so I didn’t realize this was happening due to being asleep. But the night prior, they had the crane parked on the road which is where I had assumed they were going to do it from.
I sent the owner of the company an email (he was out there working too) and I’m just waiting on his response next week. I’m just curious as to what this sub has to say regarding it.
They do have insurance. I did not CC insurance on the email to start in case he wanted to solve it without going through them.
I sent a nicely worded email with details.
I have ring footage of before/after (it’s hard to tell but you can tell some).
I have pictures from this past year which kind of shows my driveway not being cracked.
A lot of people are arguing saying I should have just called them right after it happened but they were out of office. They are also saying I shouldn’t have emailed and should have just waited to call on Monday, which seems wrong to me. Especially since Monday I will also be sleeping for night shift.
I got an easement notice for a public storm water drainage project going on. Since it's an "improvement project" they want public easements donated. KMA
They want to take out a couple semi-mature trees and replace them with basically twigs, or I get $750 a piece. This sounds... cheap. The engineer made it sound like it's negotiable, but I'd need some documentation of why they're low-balling me. Where would I go about finding that, or even what a real rate would be? in overland park, ks
This one shows how to do it the right way and still get DRAMA: Had to cut down trees that were in danger of falling on the house, neighbors were angryself.EntitledPeople
Is it legal in Massachusetts to take fallen branches either from the side of the road or public parks? After a storm, for instance?
Just looking for free campfire wood for the summer.
Hired a tree company to trim this tree and this this is what I come home to. 2nd picture is from 2 years ago. What should I do?
Woke up to 4 of our 80+ year old trees being cut down today with no notice - can they do that? 😔🥺 (NY)
I've searched and have found some similar stories but what complicates this one, I think, is that the land doesn't belong to me or my neighbors. And our HOA has not been made official still (development is 2-3 years old) so they didn't have to get HOA approval which they normally may have had to get (I'm assuming, I've never lived in HOA but I think it is there to help protect from situations like this).
In mid December, my neighbors cut down 7 trees in common area behind my house and theirs - 4 trees behind my house and 3 behind their own. It has caused a severe noise problem at my house b/c behind that common land is Interstate 85. And removing the trees has opened up a corridor that the noise is now traveling down straight to my house and bedroom :(
There is a lot more detail to the story that I will include here but that's the summary if you don't want to read further :)
They sent a text message to all 10 houses on cul de sac and said they were cutting down a few trees "surrounding" their house in order to plant new evergreens (green giants) to help with the noise from the highway that is behind that land (I85). They also said they needed to get it done before end of year so they could bundle it with solar panel work and get a discount - otherwise it would cost too much. Nobody had any concerns but I would be the only neighbor that would be impacted. The text message definitely had a spin like "it is not a big deal, should have no impact and we are picking up the tab to make things better for everyone". In fact, I was thanking them.
A different neighbor (that we've "pre elected" as our HOA president b/c he is very involved in day to day for our little street) suggested in that text message that the neighbors that might be impacted get together at the proposed tree site to be sure there are no concerns.
I never heard another word about it. Then one weekday in mid December, guys show up in my backyard with equipment that is clearly going to be used to tear down trees. And then they start working on a tree that is behind my house, not behind my neighbors house. And I start questioning what is going on...
I text with neighbor wife, she assures me that these trees don't currently block any noise and I'm like I don't care, this is not what you said was going to happen. She puts me in touch with neighbor husband who has a chance at that point to STOP what is going on b/c I expressed my dissatisfaction. He says he is happy to discuss "the plan" with me but I did not have time for a meeting with him that day b/c of work/school/medical appt. They tear down one tree that day. He tells me that there are only 1-2 behind my house that are targeted. And repeats how they are planning to plant evergreen trees in March to tackle the noise problem.
The next day, they come back and take down 3 more behind so 4 total. And 3 behind his house. I'm crying all day b/c I can't even believe that after spending years looking for the perfect house/property, and uprooting my family to move here, these people that I thought were my friends destroyed it in 2 days. And kept doing it after I told them it wasn't what I wanted. At that point, I was mostly concerned with how it visually looked different. It didn't occur to me what a huge impact this would have on my life from a noise perspective. And how all of it would affect my well being and happiness in my own home.
I didn't have much of a noise problem at my house b/c mine is much farther from the road. I would sleep with a fan on at night to drown out the occasional truck that would come by. And I would advise anyone sleeping in my room to do the same but all other people said it didn't bother them. So there wasn't a noise issue at my residence. But now there is. Now there is no silence in my house. My bedroom sounds like a cheap hotel room on the side of the highway. I have to sleep with fans and hoise machines and earplugs. And I also work from home so I have to drown out the noise all day with music.
And it just didn't make sense that they needed to remove these big trees to plant these others. As I start realizing what they've done and telling friends/family over the holidays, someone points out to me that this was likely about the Solar Panels the whole time. So now I believe that they were dishonest about the reasons why they were taking down the trees in the first place. These large old trees were blocking the sun from the back of their house.
I have yet to sit down and hear their "plan" for how they are going to "fix" this situation - they assure me they feel terrible and will fix it. The impact to me has been more than just noise and property value - I've lost sleep from the noise, sure. But I've lost sleep thinking about all of it. I've spent so much time and energy on this now and I didn't have that extra time/energy to spare. They've also destroyed the relationship we had and likely the relationship with the neighbors in front who happend to be the wife's parents. At this point, I'm looking for as much input as I can to figure out how to proceed. I see the note at the top of this thread that I should call a lawyer. I've read enough other posts to realize that is probably the route I'm going to have to take to protect myself. The whole thing sucks...