Letter Template: Problem with Neighbour's Tree
If a nearby tree looks diseased / broken or overgrown, it could cause concerns about potential damage to your property if it falls. If you have concerns, what can you do?
Have a ChatAlways try to speak to your neighbour about any problems. If this isn't possible try sending an informal note. If that doesn't resolve the issue, then a more formal letter may be required.
To assist, a template informal note and more formal letter are below:
Informal Note to Neighbour About Problem Tree
Just a quick note regarding the tree at [location]. [I/we] have concerns that the tree is [diseased / has a broken branch / is overgrown] and may damage my property if it falls.If the tree belongs to you, please could you have a look at this and arrange any required pruning etc to make it safe? If not, [I/we] will do some further investigating to find the owner.
Thanks for your help.
[Name] [Your house number]
Formal Letter to Neighbour About a (Potentially) Dangerous Tree
[Address / 'Delivered by hand']
Dear[Neighbour's name]/[If unknown, just address as 'Dear Neighbour'],
Re: Potentially dangerous tree
I live at [address], next door. I am writing in relation to concerns I have about a potential threat to health and safety posed by trees on your property.
The tree(s) that I am concerned about is/are [beech/oak/pine etc] located [describe location e.g. to the east side of your garage]. I have marked the trees on the enclosed rough sketch map so that you can clearly identify which tree(s) in particular cause me concern.
I am particularly concerned about this/these tree(s) because: [select appropriate]
- The tree(s) is leaning to one side and appears at risk of falling
- The tree(s) looks dead/diseased
- The tree(s) has a large broken branch which is at risk of falling
- The tree(s) has overgrown and is resting/encroaching on my property
The owners of trees have a legal duty of care to make sure that their trees do not pose a danger to neighbours or their property. I would therefore be grateful if you could obtain a tree survey and if this shows it is potentially dangerous, to arrange for removal or pruning of the tree.
You may have previously been unaware of the condition of the tree(s) and the potential problems caused by this. However now that this has been brought to your attention, I would request that you take action. If you do not do so, the local council potentially could take action themselves to assess and remove any trees. They may however charge any cost of doing so to you, and that is likely to cost more than if you initially carried out the work.
I am keen to resolve this amicably; we are after all neighbours! I would therefore be grateful if you could look into this matter and arrange assessment and removal or pruning of the tree(s) as a matter of urgency.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.