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I have a slight problem with a front hedge that divides my house from my neighbours house(both are detached properties). I maintain both the hedge top & my side, but unfortunatly my neighbour do not trim their side. The hedge was planted by by me on my side of the boundry, my concerns are; am I responsible for the maintenance of both sides & top of the hedge & would I be held responsible for any damage caused by my neighbour not trimming their side? Unfortunatly there is zero dialogue between us and them. The hedge is Laurel & approx 1.5 metres high. Any advice in this matter would be gratfully received.
Thanks for the advice, it,s much appreciated. The worry for me is that the hedge is spreading its branches widthwise on my neighbours side and will eventually block out their dining room window & may cause damage to their window frame etc. Unfortunatly these are not very pleasent folk, so prewarned is prearmed as they say!!! The neighbour on the otherside has simular concerns as mine. This a very quite rural setting, but unfortunatly these people dont give 2 hoots to anyone, they are very noisy and beligerant scum & they do no care about their house one little bit..
Well that’s not strictly true is it?despair wrote:They dont care about their house so you need not either
If they dont cut it back its their problem
You need to care about their property in as far as your duty of care to others and if the overhang causes damage it becomes an actionable nuisance which is your problem.
I would be surprised if any actionable cause arose from trespassing foliage. The law seems quite settled on that matter - that it is for the other party to cut it back, or accept it, as they choose.Treeman wrote:You need to care about their property in as far as your duty of care to others and if the overhang causes damage it becomes an actionable nuisance which is your problem.
Can you quote an example or two where the owner of an overhanging shrub or hedge has been held liable?