not my trees, but my problem  

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
2973 posts
10/12/2005 9:46 pm

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not my trees, but my problem

The parking strip. You now, that little section of grass between your yard and the street. Mine is about 12 feet long. About as long as the room you're probably in right now. The rest of my property is paved driveway. My section of the parking strip has no trees in it. But my neighbors do. Both on either side. How is this my problem? Well, the city has informed me that I have to fix the sidewalk in front of my house because of damages caused by my neighbor's tree roots. $900.00 nearly. And that doesn't even include the fee assessed by the arborist. A certified arborist at that, that has to come off the city's list of certified arborist. (certified = expensive)

I have no say in what happens with the trees. Why? Simply put, because their not mine. But the roots? Not mine either. But the sidewalk? My problem.

Okay, I know it sounds like me bitching a bit, but let's look at it from a different angle.

Say, for example, a pedestrian walks down the sidewalk and trips on my property on the raised crack which is caused by the tree roots. The pedestrian injures themself significantly and decides to file a claim against my homeowners insurance for personal injury. Now, let's say that the insurance company agrees that the trees are not on my property, but the cracks which were at fault are, and they decide to raise my premium anyway as a result. Even worse, cancel my policy altogether. All of this, mind you, over something I have absolutely no control over.

Because remember, their not my trees, but they are my problem.

Is it just me? Does this just seem like something that just doesn't make any sense?


1586 posts
10/13/2005 3:53 pm

Tires -


I think you have every right to bitch. I'd be furious!

First of all, why aren't the neighbors responsible for the damage caused by their trees?

It sounds like the city is trying trying to fund public works with )(your) private money! As I understand it, sidewalks and the boulevards in front of houses belong to the city and not the homeowner.

If you haven't done it already, approach this from every possible angle, starting with your insurance company. They might be able to give you some insight about liability or point you in the right direction as to who you need to talk to about this.

You're right. It makes zero sense.

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
10/15/2005 11:58 am

damn...that sucks. I agree with DCEbony. Also, just for shit's and giggles...I'd see if you can get the neighbor with the trees sited as well, being that they are after all their trees. He/they/her whoever the neighbors are should SHARE that burden. I think so anyway.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
10/17/2005 10:59 pm

thanks everyone for all your input. i've exhausted all those resources and more. the story i've gotten is that it's my problem. the benefit i get from it is that i can write it off as a property improvement and take the tax break when i sell the house. that's how they justify it. again though, thank you all.


markisinspok469 59M/69F
28 posts
10/25/2005 3:47 am

put up a sign that says. watch out for her crack and the crack in her sidewalk!;;;\8

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