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Question DetailsAsked on 6/17/2011

Am I responsible for cleaning up my neighbors fallen tree?

My neighbor cut down a 50-year-old maple and piled the branches and trunk sections between our houses. Most of the debris is on his side of the property line, but the 20-foot-high pile has been there for about two months. About two weeks ago, he said he'd take care of the mess. In the next breath, he said he thought leaving it as is was a good idea because it would "keep the termites off the house." I asked him if he actually had evidence of termites in his house, and he said he didn't. What gives?

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I think that pile should mysteriously and spontaneously combust at about 2am.

On the other hand, I have a wood-burning stove in need of some firewood.

If I had a third hand it would probably be dialing the city code-enforcement people to bring the hurt on.

Answered 9 years ago by MichaelL


I'll offer the third hand...not only is that an eyesore, but it's a public safety issue if/when it starts to attract snakes, vermin, and heavens only knows what other kind of critters. Your city should have some kind of code enforcement division. Call them and see if they can't get the ball rolling on getting this guy to clean up his mess. They'll likely have to go through the whole notification via certified mail/legal rights thing, but a $50 an hour cleaning bill from the city might be enough to get him to take action.

Answered 9 years ago by Chastity1053


You had better call code enforcement right away because if you leave it there on part of your property it may indeed become YOUR problem!

Answered 9 years ago by miamimommy


I agree. Sick the city on him. Termites attracted to the wood there will not stop there. They'll consider it a snack while they set up in your house. That and not only is it a nuisance/eyesore, it's a health hazard. I'm not sure where you live, but here in Indianapolis, they have a Mayor's Action Council for just this sort of issue. Good luck!

Answered 9 years ago by eliz1bef

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