Who Is Responsible For That Fallen Tree?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew many of us are dealing with damage caused by fallen trees. In planned communities, the question of responsibility for damage caused by fallen trees is often posed to the owners association. Although it is not the association’s job to play arbiter if a dispute arises between lot owners, owners association board members should understand the general law regarding fallen trees.  The law of fallen trees in North Carolina is based largely on the legal theory of negligence. According to principles of negligence, the owner of the property from which the fallen tree originated will be liable only if the owner knew that the tree was hazardous or such hazard was obvious.      Read the article…………


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