Do You Know Who Should Pay for Trees on the Property Line?

June 12, 2017

Planting trees on the property line are often a source of disagreement between neighbors. One person may feel that they are the rightful owner of the trees because they planted them, while the other may think that they should not have to pay for upkeep on trees that are not on their property.

It is a question that has been asked for years: who should pay for a tree in the property line? In this blog, we will discuss the following: 

Property Line Trees Explained 

Factors To Consider Before Disputing

Let's get started! 

Property Line Trees Explained 

A tree near a property line usually belongs to the neighbor who owns the ground where it's growing. Also, a good question to ask is who planted the tree. Furthermore, boundaries can be a grey area. Don't assume the boundary line lies where you stop mowing. Getting clear on the ground you are disputing is crucial.

Factors To Consider Before Disputing

We understand this can be a heated conversation between neighbors. One side argues that the homeowner should be responsible because it is their tree. The other side argues that the city or municipality should be accountable because it is the public's tree.

Start answering key questions such as; 

Who planted the tree? 

Who owns the land on which the tree resides? 

And how old is the tree? 

Let's take a detailed look at each of these factors.

In general, people believe that whoever planted a tree should be the one to take care of it. But what happens when that tree is in the property line? Or what about your neighbors trees hangs in my property? Who is responsible for taking care of it, then?

The answer to this question is not as clear-cut as one might think. There are various factors to study when deciding who should pay for a tree in the property line.

One crucial factor is how long the tree has been there. If the current owner planted the tree, they would likely be responsible for taking care of it. However, if a previous owner planted the tree, the responsibility would fall on the current owner.

Another critical factor is who benefits from the tree. Sometimes neighbour`s trees overhang in your property and you benefit from the fruits.  If both parties benefit from the tree, they would be responsible for taking care of it. If only one party benefits from it, that party would be responsible for taking care of it.

A final factor to consider is who caused the problem. If one party caused damage or harmed the other party's property, they would likely be liable for damages.

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