Whose Tree Is It?
“How do you know whether a tree is yours? A University of Tennessee extension publication states that “it is your tree if you or a previous landowner planted it and its main trunk is entirely within your property boundary. Naturally occurring trees are also generally the responsibility of the owner of the land on which they grow. The level of responsibility is determined by the context of the location. A tree growing in a residential neighborhood would require more care than a tree in a rural setting.”
Trees can also pose a danger to homes, people and other property when they become unstable due to age, disease or high winds. Many people are understandable concerned about the possibility of trees falling during significant storms. Attorney, Keith Betensky highlights some of the basic legal concepts surrounding trees, property ownership and damages.