There are 7 or 8 trees growing close to my house on my neighbourside ,
I wrongly have trimmed several branches (8 or 9)on his side on his fir tree that were growing out laterally about 20 ft up ie parellel to bournary ,I left 2-3 foot remaining from trunk. And believed i thinned out the branches ,ie there is still a good coverage of tree ie I havent decimated them . He intially asked for 1,500 , but now wants 5,000 , wont consider remediation or small claims ,and if i dont pay by saturday his solister will write me a letter .What should I do ? Moneys tight and I,ve been out of work for 10 months.
What would I do? I would probably (actually, for probably, substitute theword "might") offer him £100 on a without prejudice basis and even then, Iwould do it reluctantly.
However as he is now threatened solicitors, I would wait for his solicitorto write and then deal with it. If you get that solicitors letter, let me know whatit says and I can tell you how to deal with it. Tell him that you have nowtaking legal advice and you look forward to getting a letter from hissolicitor.
I think he has more chance of winning the lottery than getting £5000 and hewas asking me the same question, I would tell him the same.
I think he might get (if he decided to go to court) a few hundred pounds atthe most because these are trees and trees grow.
Ultimately, if you simply refuse to pay him, he is faced with taking you tocourt and the costs and risks that entails. I would not be confident of himgetting much at all, particularly in what you have cut is hardly noticeable andis not visible to a great extent from his property.
Incidentally, he is not allowed to keep the children’s ball, that is theft and if he starts the solicitors letters trail you might want to tell his solicitor that you are going to refer it to the police and you want the return of all the balls that he is taken in the past or the cost of them which you will counterclaim (I imagine that they are very expensive balls!)
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