Tree Cutting and Tree Removal Laws In San Diego, California

Trees are protected under California property law. A person who intentionally or unintentionally cuts down another land owner’s trees is responsible and can be forced to pay the affected land owner her damages for the value of the trees and, sometimes additional money damages for the interference with the enjoyment of the owner’s rights to enjoy her property.

When a person cuts down a tree on another person’s property, the act of cutting the tree amounts to a trespass. Similarly, acts on one land owner’s property that kill trees on a neighbor’s adjoining property can also constitute a nuisance under California law.

Real Estate Attorney Valerie Kramer can assist land owners in recovering for nuisance and trespass due to cutting of trees,  and the killing of shrubs, grass and vegetation by herbicides.

Trees and Local Tree Ordinances

Removal of trees can also result in unintentional legal problems under local tree ordinances. Attorney Valerie Kramer can assist in defending property owners, builders, and developers in code enforcement actions brought against them.

Tree Issues affect Zoning, Home Construction and Remodels

Trees can also become a thorny issue in regard to site development and zoning codes. Developers and land buyers, both residential and commercial, often fail to take into account tree clearing restrictions in planning their building and development projects.

The actual economic costs of tree removal can be very significant. Due to the size of trees, replacement of an illegally cut tree can be incredibly expensive, or because of the original age and size of the tree(s) removed, virtually impossible to replace. Tree codes and ordinances can cost home owners and developers hundreds of thousands of dollars in tree recompense payments to local and county governments.

Business Attorney Valerie Kramer understands that investing some time in getting your business contracts in order, handling common legal transactions, or negotiating a lease should be cost-effective.

Valerie Kramer is also a Real Estate Attorney and helps Property Owners, Buyers & Sellers, Real Estate Brokers, Commercial Tenants and others involved in everyday real estate transactions and disputes. Valeries’s clients get maximum value for every penny spent, without padded hours for unnecessary “additional services.”

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