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A neighbour complained about a large tree at the end of our

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A neighbour complained about a large tree at the end of our garden keeping sunlight away from his garden we therefore paid several hundred pounds to have it trimmed properly
He now says that cracks appearing in his garage are due to the tree roots
The garage is an extended construction that reaches almost to the end of his garden and did not come as far down the garden when the houses were originally built
The tree is approx thirty foot from his house it is on the boundary of the two gardens but in our garden. The houses were built in the sixties and the trees will have been planted at that point in time
We would prefer to save the tree if at all possible and therefore the question is do
we have a duty to do anything about this .
If the answer is that we do have to take some action are we liable to pay all the costs
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  LondonlawyerJ replied 2 years ago.

Hello I am a solicitor with 20 years experience. I will try to answer this for you.


Have they got any evidence that it is the tree causing the cracks? If not then yo do not need to do anything. If it is in fact the case that your tree is causing the problems then it might be that you are responsible fro the damage but not necessarily. There are many reasons why cracks appear in buildings other than the presence of trees nearby. Has he got a surveyors report? Have you seen the cracks? Or is he just continuing his campaign against the tree?