Palatine, IL asked in Real Estate Law for Illinois

Q: IDOT just cut down barrior trees along my property line which borders a major road! Now no barrier and looking at road.

Fences are not allowed. Trees were 25 plus feet tall and now looking at busy road is not desirable, not safe, and devalues property. Will cost a fortune to replace. Homes here are $ 1 million on one acre lots and it looks terrible. Can I get them to pay to replace?

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James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
  • Rochelle, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You need to find out whether the trees were in the right of way for the busy road you describe. If they were, IDOT's action is defensible; if they were not, IDOT's action is inappropriate. The value of your home is irrelevant in this situation.

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