Have you reviewed your association's governing docuemnts to see if they identify with is common vs. owner responsibility? You also may want to find a copy of teh surevy for your home. See if the property emcompasses the grounds you refer to. If the grounds are part of your lot, and the documents are silent, this could very well be an owner responsibility to maintain. Suggest you look for these documents and request your association to provide you with chapter and verse of the provisions that require owners to be responsible for this task.
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The roots and trees are on common property. The branches are crossing the property line and hanging over my roof.
What state are you in?
#1 Read your bylaws and Master Deed to find where your ownership of the property begins and ends.
If you own the property the trees are on then its your responsibility. If its on common ground then its the associations responsibility. If its on limited common ground then its the associations responsibility. It seems the association is stating since the trees are hanging over your house then its your responsibility.
The fact that the're already threatening to put a lean on you can just be a scare tactic.
I am located in Florida.
Jill here is a link that might be of help to your situation.
You need to speak to a qualified real estate attorney and take your documents with you. Spending an hour with an attorney is more cost effective than trying to fight it by yourself. Without looking at your documents, it is difficult for anyone to advise you. I would also get a lot plan with a satellite photo (often available for a low cost from your county/municipality) that shows the trees and the property line. Pictures would help too.
If the trees are on common property, the Association most likely is responsible for them. That does not mean they HAVE to do anything. Most states have laws that state you may trim branches that hang over your property up to your property line. It is a fuzzy area to me that the association can require you to trim them, except in regards to making you maintain your home and lot.
In regards to the roots, well, the sewer lines are yours. Tree roots search out water. It is your responsibility. Bringing that up muddies the water and makes any argument you would make on the trimming responsibility vague and just brings in elements not related to this case, even though in your mind it is because you are mad about it.
If anything, for your own building maintenance, you should trim or have trim back the branches over your roof. It will prematurely age your roof.
~ (imo) All the more reason to 'reverse' this HOA invasion of our country. Homeowners were much happier before the HOA takeover of our lives. Before some opportunists discovered that they could have power and make money by spitting out unreasonable rules and regs within certain communities. Isn't it time to gather and fight back? Don't get me wrong, some rules serve good purpose but too many of them are too Totalitarian....
In this case, if they cared about the owners, they would make the landscaper (on payroll anyway) available to all the home owners at one time to take care of 'all' the overground trees within the whole developed property, because it's very costly for each homeowner to hire a tree timmer. Another plus to my suggestion is: All the overgrown trees will be done uniformly by the one company...making the job more cost-effective (cheaper)....
We have dare trees on a number of our townhouse fron lawns and the front lawns landscaping has been maintained by the association. They are responsible for the irrigation as well as maintaing the landscape trimming etc. It is in our CC&R's and By-laws. It also cover our water usage. The trees are also the responsibility of the association.
Thanks Everyone! I appreciate all your responses.
Wow! huge oaks and pines--you are so lucky. I'll trade with you.
Enjoy their beauty, their shade in summer (saving you A/C expense, their fragrance, the color of the pines against a blue sky, the sight of a full moon seen through their branches.
Spend the money, take care of your tress. If they are on your property they are yours. Bless yourself.
Yes, the trees are beautiful, however, they sit on community property and are not mine and will be VERY expensive to trim back.
Please keep us up to date on how this plays out. It sure sounds to me as though your Board is shifting their responsibility to the homeowners. In fact, if you are correct in saying that the trees are on community property then the Condo or HOA would be responsible for any damage to your personal property.
Which is cheaper? getting your own attorney or trimming the trees?
What about getting other owners together?
Boris & Charlie
If your By-Laws state that the front lawn landscaping is the resposibility of the association, of course the tree is their responsibility. But not in your back yard. That would be your own resposibility. It's in our By-Lays and the HOA can not get out of it.They have to trim it. The have to spray it. Your By-laws are a legal document.
One of our condo owners keeps cutting back the trees. We have a landscaper, tree trimmer. What is the law governing this individual? This is Broward County.
If the tree or a part of it is on your neighbor's property he can prune that part that extends of his property without your permission.,..
HOA definitely needs to take care of any and all tree service
no questions asked.
I think that they are responsible for anything that has to do with a tree service. I don't think there is much they can do to fight it or anything.
I'm glad that this is under the owner's responsibility. Getting my sewer line replaced is a very important part of the foundation. Nobody wants bathroom problems. http://www.joefreiexcavating.com/sewerline/
I can tell that I'm at least not alone in thinking that yes, the HOA should be taking care of the trees. It might be a different matter if you had planted it. Since that's not the case, it is squarely on their shoulders. Thiago |www.australtree.com.au
The HOA should be responsible, I would think. They should just hire a tree service to come and do the work so neither one of you has to worry about it. That seems like the easiest solution.
Lana Lynch | http://cartwrighttree.com/tree-trimming/
If it was a preexisting problem, I don't think that you should be responsible. Unless they told you about it before you moved in. It is a good idea to get them trimmed back though, if they are that overgrown.
I think it depends on the association. When I moved into a new place that already had overgrown trees, they didn't make me pay for it. It was nice. http://www.cvltreeservice.com
I would think that trees that are getting in the way on your property should be removed. Do the owners know about your dilemma? I would try talking to them to see what they can do.
Jayden Eden | http://matts-tree-service.com/
I would definitely make sure the trees aren't on your property. I would then check the bylaws yourself and make sure that it is your responsibility. If not, I would make the HOA absorb the cost to maintain the trees and insist that they maintain them since they are causing so much damage to your home.
Claudia Rosenburg | http://www.dariotreetrimming.com/Stump_Grinding_Yard_Cleanups_Sylmar_CA.html
I think they should be responsible for old trees. The trees are part of the property, and you buy everything on the property. I think it would definitely increase the value however, if they were to cut down the trees before selling it.
Edmond Vandergraff | http://www.charlestonstumpstompers.com/services/
If the trees are located on common property, it seems logical to take this one against the board. It just so happens that your house is the one in danger, but it could have been anyone. See if your board is willing to compromise on the cost, or take it on entirely. Good luck!
Jenn | http://www.vabeachtreeservice.com/Tree-Trimming-Virginia-Beach-VA.html
They should make the seller responsible for cutting down the trees. Cutting down trees can really be a lot of hard work. I don't know how they used to do it back in the pioneer days with just saws and axes. Just pulling up one stump alone with my truck took all day. I couldn't imagine clearing out an entire forest to build. http://www.thetreeguysoftexas.com/contacts.php
We have some old trees on our property that are causing a lot of problems. The roots have grown up, and are cracking the sidewalk. This is going to be a really difficult problem to fix, but hopefully the HOA will help us out. http://www.royaltrooter.com
I agree. The irrigation should be covered. Landscaping can be a luxury to have. I really think the irrigation is important.