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October 10, 2008 4:00 PM
Posted by Elizabeth Rhodes
Q: Trees planted in our neighbor's parking strip are raising our sidewalk and starting to do the same to our driveway. We're concerned this could affect our sewer line. However the neighbor won't do anything about these trees because he says they're not on his property. So do we have any recourse?
A: The answer may depend on what your city's municipal code says about trees and sidewalks. Seattle's code, for example, makes tree owners liable for any damage done to public sidewalks, sewers or pavement by their tree. It also requires the owner to repair the damage.
If you live within Seattle, the Seattle Department of Transportation's Liz Ellis suggests you call its street use line, 206-684-5283, and request an inspection of the situation. If you live outside Seattle, contact your local government to see who handles this issue.
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