Who is responsible for tree trimming?

Trees under the property of the homeowner are basically under their responsibility. In some situations, it involves more than one party. These parties include landlords and tenants, and fellow neighbors. So, who is responsible for tree trimming?

In a landlord and tenant situation, the landlord is always responsible for the ownership of the tree. Therefore, the landlord should have the initiative to maintain the tree, and this includes the tree trimming. The tenant should also have their part since they are living in a rented place. The tenant’s role is to maintain the yard where the tree stands; the tenant should always notify the landlord for every activity done in the yard, which includes the cleaning of the yard itself and the trees. 

In the neighborhood, trees may grow limbs and branches that could reach the neighboring yard. As mentioned previously, trees under the property of the homeowner are basically under the responsibility of the owner. These include trimming back the limbs and branches that grew towards the neighbor’s property. The neighbor may also have the right to trim the limbs and branches that grew over their fence. In some situations, neighbors may split the bills to have professionals conduct the tree trimming.

In city properties, the government should always have the responsibility to maintain the trees that grow on the sidewalks, or in the streets, near power lines, and other city properties.

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