Am I legally obliged to cut down a tree?

John Conlin / 22 February 2018

A reader's neighbour is threatening to sue over potential damage caused by a tree. Chartered surveyor John Conlin advises.


My neighbour is threatening to sue unless I cut down a tree that he claims may damage his foundations, although he admits there is no current damage.

Am I legally obliged to get rid of the tree?


I think your neighbour would find it difficult to sue for something that has not happened and may never happen. Without knowing the type and age of the tree, etc, I cannot be more specific. However, remember the high risk of causing structural damage by cutting an adjacent tree down: removal should always be a progressive process over a few years.

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