In Tauranga, tree removal is a necessary measure to ensure the safety of individuals and properties.

However, even with proper tree removal and maintenance, there are still instances where trees fall unexpectedly, which can cause significant damage and injury.

In this blog post, we’ll explore who is responsible when a tree falls and causes damage.

New Zealand Law

In New Zealand, the law states that the landowner is responsible for maintaining trees on their property. This includes removing any dead or hazardous trees before they become a danger to neighbouring properties.

Failure to do so can result in legal action and compensation claims if the tree causes damage or injury.

Liability For Property Damage

If a tree falls and damages property, the landowner may be held liable if it is found that they did not take reasonable care to ensure the tree’s safety.

For example, if a tree on a property is visibly decaying and the landowner fails to remove it, they may be held responsible if the tree falls and damages a neighbouring property.

There are instances where the responsibility for a fallen tree may not be clear cut. If the tree was in a public area, such as a park or nature reserve, the local council or government agency responsible for maintaining the area may be held liable.

Liability for Human Safety

Fallen trees can also pose a significant risk to human safety. If a person is injured by a fallen tree, the landowner may be held liable for any resulting injuries or damages.

It is, therefore, essential for landowners to take reasonable care in maintaining trees on their property to prevent any unnecessary risks to individuals.

Responsibility Of The Landowner

If you are a landowner, it is crucial to regularly inspect the trees on your property to ensure their safety. Dead or hazardous trees should be removed promptly to avoid any risks to individuals or neighbouring properties.

If you are unsure about the safety of a tree on your property, it is always best to seek the advice of a professional arborist.

Don’t wait until your tree causes damage to a surrounding property or someone passing by, contact Tree Control to remove any damaged or hazardous trees. Get in touch with us here.