Roots and Branches

ROOTS AND BRANCHES

1. Questions about tree roots and branches

2. What are the obligations of a tree owner regarding branches that overhang his neighbor’s property or roots that extend into her ground?

3. What are the obligations of a tree owner regarding leaves, needles, berries, or nuts that drop from his tree onto his neighbor’s land? What are his obligations regarding shade from his tree?

4. What about a neighbor’s rights? Can a neighbor demand a tree be cut down because it blocks her view?

5. Does a neighbor have the right to prune back the branches of someone else’s tree that hang over his property?

6. Does a neighbor have the right to cut away the roots of someone else’s tree that extend onto his property?

7. If a tree branch falls onto a neighbor’s land, does the owner have the obligation to remove the branch and pay for the damage?

8. What are a neighbor’s rights and an owner’s obligations regarding a fallen tree branch that was diseased or dead at the time of its fall?

9. What are a neighbor’s rights and an owner’s obligations regarding a fallen tree branch that was healthy but knocked down by bad weather?