What to do if your neighbour’s tree overhangs your property

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What to do if your neighbour’s tree overhangs your property

Trees are a common cause of disagreement between neighbours, according to the Queensland Government’s disputes website.

Disputes can be caused when branches are overhanging a fence, dropping fruit into a property, the roots cause damage or when branches block sunlight from solar panels or TV reception.

To help solve an ugly and unnecessary neighbourly dispute, the QLD Government have put together a rather diplomatic step-by-step guide to resolving tree and fence disputes.

See below the guide, as well as some Independent Tree Services additional tips!


Step 1 – Know the rules

Rules about trees

There are several things you can legally do if your neighbour’s tree is affecting your property or safety. One of the best ways to avoid problems with neighbours over trees and shrubs growing on your property is to know your legal responsibilities as a tree-keeper.

It is always best to resolve any problems over trees directly with your neighbour. This will be quicker, cheaper and less stressful than taking legal action. You can also seek assistance from a professional tree arborists for advice and the best course of action from both parties. At Independent Tree Services we can provide professional, non-bias advice on the best action for the problem tree.

Step 2 – Talk to your neighbour

Often, a friendly chat is all that is needed; if your neighbour is not aware of a problem, then they can’t fix it. Let them know you want to have a face-to-face chat. Knock on their door or slip a note in their letterbox, but do not try to resolve the situation with notes and letters; you need to resolve the problem in person, together.

Step 3 – Get it in writing

When you and your neighbour agree on a solution, with the assistance of a professional arborist, get the agreed upon terms writing. If you and your neighbour cannot agree, consider getting legal advice about your other options for resolving this situation.

At the end of the day, the best course of action will be provided through a detailed aborist report provided by an Independent Tree Service professional arborist. We have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best course of action without conflict.