Disputes with our next-door neighbours is something we try and avoid at all costs. One common cause of neighbourly disputes that we seem to provide a lot of advice about concerns the trees and hedges that can impact adjoining properties.
If you are a property owner or occupier who wants to know more about what rights you have when it comes to settling issues about neighbouring trees or hedges then here is a summary of the things you need to know.
What issues can you claim?
Firstly, the affected neighbour needs to determine whether the tree or hedge impacting them is eligible to be claimed through the Trees (Disputes Between Neighbours) Act 2006 (Trees Act). Neighbours who disagree about a tree or hedge on adjoining properties can be brought to the Court when:
Alongside the above conditions, there are other prerequisites the affected neighbour needs to achieve to make sure their claim can be made, such as:
How can you resolve the dispute?
If you’ve responded “YES” to the above criteria, here are the next steps to go about resolving your neighbour tree dispute.
Overall, the best advice we can offer anyone is going about it the old-fashioned way by getting to know your neighbours and establish a good relationship so you can openly talk about any worries when they arise.
Need extra information or resources?
If you’re looking for detailed information or resources with how to manage your neighbour tree dispute you can take a look at the legal acts; Including:
If you would like to discuss any questions you may have with respect to if you’re eligible to claim a neighbour tree dispute or require support remedying a neighbour tree dispute, please contact Scott Williams on 02 6583 0427 or email@example.com.