Who’s Responsible for that Fallen Tree?


It’s an age-old question that has muddied the waters between neighbors and insurance companies alike: if your neighbor’s tree falls in your yard, do you have to pay? The simple answer is no, probably not. However, depending on what caused the tree to fall, it could still be your responsibility.

Large, mature trees are great additions to any yard. Large Live Oaks, Sycamores, and Pines that can soar to over 100 feet in the air add beauty and a much-needed shady oasis to protect you from the Florida sun. They can also be hazardous and cause rifts between neighbors when they fall. Here at Mr. Tree, we thought it would be a good idea to run through two common reasons a large tree will fall in your Gainesville lawn, and what you should do when it happens.

Natural Disasters

Hurricane Irma recently made this hypothetical situation a reality. But before you start fighting with your neighbors about who is responsible for the damages and cleanup of a fallen tree, check this out… If a hurricane or tornado dropped a tree, it doesn’t much matter if it was rooted in your yard or the neighbor’s. You are technically responsible for the damages and cleanup on your yard. You need to call your homeowners insurance and open a claim immediately. Do not try to take care of the carnage yourself!

Tree Removal Accident

If your neighbor decides to take matters into their own hands and chop down a tree in their yard without calling a professional arborist and tree service like us here at Mr. Tree, they are responsible for where that tree falls. It takes a team of trained professionals to properly take down hazardous trees. Not only will the pros know what they’re doing, they’ll also be fully insured and licensed to make sure that any damages will be covered by the company rather than a homeowner or neighbor.

For more information about cleaning up fallen trees or removing a hazardous tree from your yard, give us a call at (352) 448-3962. We’ll be happy to give you a free estimate and safely handle all of your tree service needs in Gainesville, Florida.