Jul 18, 2021 12:10 pm
Hi everyone, hoping to get some advice prior to starting this process - i have no idea of the implications to myself so want to make sure I go in with my eyes open.
I have bought a property in Kingston council VIC, that has a huge tree in the front corner of the property. This is easily a significant tree so requires a permit for removal.
This tree is hard on the fence line and is pushing forward the brick front fence, which is leaning towards the footpath. This is a hazard and needs to be actioned.
The kicker is there is also a stormwater easement (E-1) that runs through my property and this tree is over that. I have some suspicion that the tree has damaged the easement based on the grass growth on the nature strip.
So my questions are as follows:
- is the damage to front fence a reason to remove a significant tree? Or would I be told to just remove the current fence and build around it so to speak.
- as the tree is over an easement on private property, is the cost of the removal paid for by myself or the council?
- in the event this tree has damaged the stormwater pipes, am I liable for the cost of fixing this? I have owned the property for less than a year and this tree would be decades old.
Thanks in advance to whoever may be able to help with some of the above.
Not sure if relevant but I am one of two units on the block which was subdivided in the 90’s, the tree may precede this date but I cannot prove that.
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