Trees are a common cause of disagreement between neighbours. However, there are a number of things you can do if your neighbour’s tree is affecting you or your property. The first step would be to talk to your neighbour and try to resolve the issue. You may find that your neighbour is not even aware of the problem. This way, you and your neighbour will be able to resolve any potential tree issues before they get out of hand; saving you time, money and stress. It’s always best to come to a win win for everyone!
Some common issues may include:
- branches overhanging your fence or pool
- branches or fruit dropping into your yard
- roots causing damage to your property
- branches blocking sunlight from solar panels or blocking TV reception.
How do I know who is responsible for the tree?
In most cases, the registered owner of the land the tree is growing on is referred to as the ‘tree-keeper’. However, a ‘tree-keeper’ may also be an organisation or body corporation.
What can I legally do myself?
If your neighbour’s tree is hanging over your land, you can exercise the common law right of abatement – which is your right to remove overhanging branches and roots to your boundary line. You can decide whether to return the lopped branches, roots or fruit to your neighbour, or dispose of them yourself. You do not have to return anything you trim from your neighbour’s tree, but you may do so. Remember to comply with any applicable tree or vegetation protection orders. If you are unsure, contact your local Council for more information.
What if we cannot come to a resolution?
If you are unable to come to a resolution with your neighbour, it may be necessary to issue them with a notice to remove the problem branches.
If you are still unable to come to a solution, you can apply to QCAT (Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal) who can make a legally enforceable decision—an order—on the matter.
Normal tree litter such as leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds or small elements of deadwood would not be classed as substantial and therefore not considered sufficient enough to get an order for the removal or cutting back of a tree.
Did you know? North Brisbane Trees provides a quality tree pruning and tree maintenance service? We take the hassle out of doing it yourself and take care of the entire tree trimming process. We can even schedule regular visits to ensure your trees are well maintained. Call North Brisbane Trees on 07 3289 3610 for the best tree trimming Brisbane has ever seen!
For more information, refer to the Resource links below:
Queensland Arboricultural Association
Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal
- June 1, 2017 in Services
We’re called North Brisbane Trees for lots of good reasons and the #1 reason isn’t JUST because we’re based in Samford, in Brisbane North!
We’re the well known experts because:
- we’ve been doing this for over 30 years! it’s taken years of hard work and dedication to get this far and we certainly didn’t pop up overnight like some others!
- we’re an actual team of tree professionals! yep, not a one man show with cheap equipment and ‘too good to be true’ prices – we have a group of professional tree experts who deliver quick tree services as cheaply, cleanly and safely as possible.
- we’re accountable! we don’t just throw our hands in the air and say ‘bugger’ – we let you know of the risks of any tree services, we let you know of any damage (which almost never happens!) and we have public liability insurance of $10 million.
So even though we’re based in Brisbane North and we’re called North Brisbane Trees, we look after everyone across Brisbane.
Just give us a call on 07 3289 3610 and we’ll let you know if and when we can come out to carry out tree removal, stump grinding or some other tree service. In fact, check out our service areas for an indication of where we are able to come out to.
Trust no one else but North Brisbane Trees – the only expert Tree Removalists in Brisbane North!
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- May 23, 2017 in Services
Brisbane is known to get a bit chilly and as it’s now May, temps at night are close to single digits – which is cold by our standards!
If you’ve got a fireplace, then you know the great warmth that a good old fashioned fire can bring. And it’s quite nice to watch while you sit back sipping away at a hot mug of cocoa (or whatever your drink of choice is!). Of course if you’re a keen camper or have a big property to light up a camp fire or bonfire, you’re already a fan!
- April 15, 2017 in General
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- March 16, 2017 in Services
You already know that North Brisbane Trees are the affordable tree experts in Brisbane who pull together a team of highly qualified professionals to get the job done right every time.
But we’re more than just a bunch of ace tree loppers. We’re also master stump grinders. And here’s why that matters.
- January 11, 2017 in News
Welcome to 2017 and we hope you had a great time over the holidays.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
- September 15, 2016 in Tips & Advice
I was born and raised in Brisbane and I’ve been gardening for 25 years, I’ve been a qualified Arborist for 11 years and as the owner of North Brisbane Trees I’ve visited well over 20 000 homes in the Brisbane area. The following list contains declared weedy tree species that should be removed regardless and also contains tree species that haven’t been declared as weeds but are can be extremely problematic when growing in the wrong location. So here’s part 1 of our top 10 worst trees in Brisbane! Read More >
- May 23, 2016 in Services
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- April 5, 2016 in General
When it comes to people in the tree services industry, Craig Bauer has a wealth of knowledge and experience from everything relating to equipment to trees. His undying passion is a driving force behind the success of North Brisbane Trees so we caught up with the man himself to learn more about what makes him the best of the best in the Brisbane tree services world.