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What Can I Do About a Neighbour Tree Dispute?

One of the most common reasons that you may end up having a dispute with your neighbours is due to issues with trees. Neighbour tree disputes can arise for a number of reasons: perhaps the roots are pushing up your driveway, or the overhanging branches have become a safety risk. In any case, it is helpful for you to know how best to deal with a tree dispute with your neighbours before it turns ugly. Here are some ways a tree dispute may occur, an overview of your rights, and what you can do to resolve an issue.

Neighbour Tree Dispute

Types of Neighbour Tree Disputes

Tree disputes between neighbours often fall under the following categories:

  • The tree, in some way, causes problems and potential damage to the neighbour’s property in its present condition. This includes overhanging branches blocking downpipes, roots that damage drainage pipes, and other such issues.
  • The tree has been neglected and is liable to be a safety risk. Without proper maintenance, the tree or parts of it could fall and cause damage to the neighbour’s property.
  • A neighbour has entered another neighbour’s property without permission and interfered with the tree in some way.

These are the most common form of disputes relating to trees, and it is important to know what your rights are in these cases.

Your Rights In Tree Disputes

Here are some common questions when it comes to a neighbour tree dispute:

Can I cut down my neighbour’s tree?

No, as this would be trespassing unless you have permission. If you cut down a tree on your neighbour’s property, you could end up incurring a large fine.

Can I cut any branches hanging over my property?

In most cases you can trim the overhanging branches up to the property line, so long as you do not harm the tree itself. However, you should check the laws for your area first before pruning.

Can my neighbour force me to cut my tree?

If the tree is entirely on your property, then your neighbour cannot force you to cut it. However, if the tree poses a safety risk, you may be liable if you do not take steps to maintain its safety.

What happens if the tree sits right on the property line?

If the tree sits between two properties then both you and your neighbour are responsible for it. You must both agree in order to remove it, so it is best to settle this amicably.

What Should I Do About Tree Disputes?

When it comes to a neighbour tree dispute, the first thing you should do is research any relevant laws for your area. Being aware of your legal rights is a good tool to have in any dispute. Next, try and meet with your neighbour and discuss the issue politely. If you are unable to reach an agreement, then it is a good idea to seek legal advice going forward.

Here at Norton Peskett Solicitors, we help all clients understand their options when it comes to a range of disputes. We work with you throughout the process to ensure any dispute is resolved with the best possible outcome. To find out more about our services for neighbour disputes, please contact us online or via phone today.

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