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Post by Jenny » Wed Mar 16, 2005 11:22 pm

There is an ash tree growing in my neighbour's garden, about a metre
from the victorian boundary wall. The wall was about to fall down, so
we have taken the damaged portion of the wall down. We have discovered
that the roots of the ash and a lilac tree adjacent to the ash, have worked
their way right through the wall at a depth of two feet below ground level.
We are responsible for the cost of re-building the wall. However we are
wondering whether our neighbour is under any legal obligation to
contribute to the cost, since the roots have caused some damage.
Also, if we rebuild the wall, how do we protect ourselves from incurring
further costs, if the new wall is damaged again by root action.

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Post by despair » Thu Mar 17, 2005 3:42 am

Start by showing your neighbour the extent of the damage

and also check your buildings insurance to see if that covers walls ........then call them in too

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Post by Treeman » Thu Mar 17, 2005 7:20 am

Your neighbours aren’t obliged to contribute to the damage since they haven’t been officially told that it is occurring. It is possible to engineer foundations over roots however it is sometimes better to remove the tree but it’s difficult to address specifics over the net.

A friendly chat showing the problems may be the best way forward.


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