Who Pays for Damages When Your Tree Falls on a Neighbor’s Property?

Trees are a wonderful addition to your home’s landscape, but they can also cause real problems if a heavy wind topples one, and it lands on your neighbor’s property and damages their home. Who is legally responsible for paying to repair that damage?

If you answered, “I am,” you would be wrong. Your neighbor would have to submit a claim to their homeowner’s policy insurer to pay for any necessary repairs. Wind and lightning are generally covered perils in a standard HO3 homeowner’s policy, or they are included in a homeowner’s all-risk policy.

Since your carrier doesn’t have to pay, your policy won’t be impacted, which means your insurance premiums won’t increase. However, you still may not be off the hook for liability, because your neighbor might decide to sue you to cover their deductible.

The only instance in which you would be required to pay for the damage to your neighbor’s property caused by a fallen tree is when the damage resulted from your negligence.