The remedy, however, is limited to self-help.
Jul 02, July 2, While the Iowa case law on trees on private property is not definitive in Iowa, there are some basic rules to follow regarding trimming and care of trees on private property.
Many times there is a dispute between neighbors regarding who owns the tree, who is responsible for the tree, and what one neighbor or the other can do regarding a tree which hangs on both of their properties. Jul 07, Iowa follows the common law or “Massachusetts Rule.” Thus, a landowner may trim a neighbor’s trees branches from his own side of the fence line.
He may also dig up roots from his neighbors trees if they cross onto his property. The remedy, however, is limited to self-help. Harndon v. Stultz, N.W. (Iowa ). Kansas, on the other. when the tree causes harm to an adjoining property; but, if the tree grew naturally, there would be no liability imposed on the landowner. See Restatement (Second) of Torts §§ – If the trunk of the tree is on your property, you own it.
If the trunk of the tree on your neighbors' property, they own it, no matter how much of the canopy overhangs the property line. If the trunk of the tree is directly on the property line (a"boundary tree"), both you and your neighbors jointly own the treefelling.barted Reading Time: 6 mins.
Replacing the trees themselves can be more complicated.
Feb 15, It’s possible for you to be held responsible for resulting damage to your neighbor’s house or property, if your tree falls due (in whole or part) to your own neglect. One of the best things to do is to regularly have large trees trimmed. (The Tree Care Industry Association lists accredited tree care Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins. Sep 02, But in Iowa, if the neighbor does harm to the tree in the process, he could be found liable for up to three times the value.
Like Bierbaum, a neighbor can request the property.