Am I responsible for damage to a neighbor’s property caused by my tree during a hurricane?

A branch from a tree on my property fell on the corner of the house next door during a hurricane and the neighbor said I have to repair. I think he should file insurance claim or FEMA?

Asked on September 21, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Florida


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Since the branch came down due to an "Act of God", then you bear no responsibility for any damage caused by it or for the costs of clean-up. Had the tree been dying and that's why the branch fell, that would be diffferent and you would be liable. At this point, your neighbor can put a claim in on their homeowner's policy.

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