How doI get my neighbor to remove dead trees that are near my property line if they pose a hazard?

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How doI get my neighbor to remove dead trees that are near my property line if they pose a hazard?

My next door neighbor has a few fairly large trees near the property line. If they were to fall they would not only tear down my fence, but they are large enough to cause substantial damage to my garage and possibly damage one of my cars inside. What can I do about it and how should I go about it.

Asked on August 8, 2011 Tennessee

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

First thing I would do is speak with your neighbor about your concerns and offer yourself to take down the dead trees yourself or hire some third person at your cost to remove them.

Hopefully this will solve your problem. If not, there is not much else you can do other than:

1. contact your insurance representative about the dead trees near your property asking if your carrier would pay to have the trees removed;

2. contact your local fire department to see if the trees are a fire hazard or other danger requiring an order of removal.

3. consider bringing a legal action against your neighbor for the trees' removal on the grounds that they are a nuisance (not recommended).

Good luck.


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