Norcross, GA asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Ohio

Q: Investment Co. Purchased house next door and had company cut down a tree in our front yard! How should I proceed?

We have a house in Cleveland heights, Ohio which we now use as a rental and has been unoccupied for the past 2 months. Apparently the house next to us sold and an investment team(appears to be a large company) purchased the house next to us. The investment team hired a tree/crane cutting company to remove 4 trees. 1 of the trees they cut was clearly on our property in the front yard, it was a 25 to 30 foot blossoming tree. They also parked their heavy equipment vehicles on our front lawn. I believe they had to cut our tree in order to get the crane vehicle in between the 2 houses.

I contacted the tree company and the man kept apologizing saying he was told our property was under foreclosure(we called to double check, everything is up to date), and it was fine to cut the tree and park on our lawn.

My question is, who is at fault? Who do we go after for, the investment team or tree removal company? Are they both at fault?

1 Lawyer Answer

Bruce Martin Broyles

Answered
  • Lancaster, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: File a lawsuit. The company trespassed and caused damage to your yard. In addition cutting down an ornamental decorative tree can result in trble damages in Ohio.

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