Who is responsible for the removal of a tree that was cut down by a power companydue to it being a safety hazard?

UPDATED: Aug 3, 2011

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Who is responsible for the removal of a tree that was cut down by a power companydue to it being a safety hazard?

I own a rental property in LA. The front of the property borders the street in the town the property is located in. There is no sidewalk. Between the street and my property line are 2 large pine trees. One of the trees became rotten and I alerted the power company about this situation, as I feared it may threaten their lines. They came out and cut the tree but left it in my yard and state it is my responsibility to clean it up. I feel that since this tree was not on my property but in front of my property, they should have removed the tree or gotten the town to remove that.

Asked on August 3, 2011 Louisiana


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The company that cut down the tree that was not on your property and who placed it there is responsible for removing the tree completely from your land. If the power company did not cut down your tree, but directed that some tree removal company cut it down, the power company is also resposible for having the tree entirely removed from your land.

The job is half done. The rotten tree is cut down but it needs to be removed.

You should send a demand letter to the power company stating a due date for its removal. If you do not receive a satisfactory response, you can contact your local city council or supervisor to get help and pressure from them, or pay to have the debris removed and sue the power company for the costs of the removal.

Good uck.

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