If my neighbor’s trees are over 100 ft. tall and leaning toward my house and I send an official notice to them about my concern but they ignore it and a tree falls crushing my car, can I collect for repairs from them?

If I send an official notice to them about my concern and they ignore it, and a

tree falls crushing my car, can I collect for repairs from them?

Asked on December 9, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Yes, if you put them on notice (and better yet, can prove that in court (e.g. if you send them written notice, send it some way or ways you can prove delivery)) of a risk or threat and they ignore it, you would be well-positioned to sue them for any losses, damage, costs, etc. you incur. When someone fails to take reasonable steps (e.g. tree trimming or even cutting them down) to prevent a known risk, that is negligent, or unreasonably careless, and would support holding them liable.


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