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KIRO's Jesse Jones investigates a Seattle tree ordinance impacting homeowners, interviews Pivotal's Chris Thayer

Posted Monday, November 14, 2016 by Christopher L. Thayer

Seattle Tree OrdinanceHundreds of thousands of Seattle trees are on city property but are the responsibility of homeowners to maintain, including removal when necessary. This is the case when a tree is on a city-owned right-of-way abutting private property and the city did not plant the tree.

This isn’t the kind of situation you want to ignore. According to lawyer Christopher Thayer, the abutting property owner is also on the hook for damages if something goes wrong.

“If there’s a big ol’ dead tree there and it falls on your neighbor’s garage, you may be facing some challenges financially,” said Thayer.

For a link to the full article with more information, including the city’s tree regulations and maps of the trees for which the city is responsible, click here or see the link below:

http://jessejones.com/story/jesse-investigates-a-seattle-ordinance-that-could-cost-homeowners-thousands/

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