Neighbouring homes have the potential to get into disputes regarding trees and dividing fences. The issue with trees is they can potentially cause injury, damage to property and inconvenience especially when falling leaves scatter around the neighbouring property. Meanwhile, a dividing fence can get in the way of a neigbour’s construction and maintenance.
The property owner is responsible for the trees on the rental property. If the tree is on the boundary line but most of its parts are on your land, it is your tree and you are its keeper. If the tree sits on the boundary line between multiple properties, each property owner has equal liabilities and responsibilities.
The first step in disputes is clear communication. Avoid resolving the issue with notes and letters because they often lead to misunderstandings. Have a chat with the neighbouring property owner, but be ready with what you want to say and clearly state what the problem is and how you feel about it. Once you have come to an agreed upon solution, document it in writing for both parties.
If you need further information regarding the laws that apply to tree or fence disputes, you may need to seek legal advice. Alternatively, mediation is more affordable in settling disputes. Brisbane has various Dispute Resolution Centres that can act as a neutral third party and guide you through a structured mediation process.For more property management tips and news, check out our videos www.rentalresults.com.au/videos