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Am I responsible as a tenant for chopping off a huge tree limb? I would need to hire a professional tree cutter and it will cost us hundreds (if not more!)

My lease states that we are responsible for cutting and maintaining the lawn and pruning shrubbery. However, this tree growth is a huge tree, clearly more than what could possibly have grown within the 2 years that we have lived there.

My landlord is threatening us with eviction if we don't get this taken care of. But, everyone I have spoken to has said there is no way this is our responsibillity. Has anybody ever heard of this or what do we possibly do?
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As a Professional Landscaper and Licensed Contractor; In a word,NO,NO WAY,NO HOW , PERIOD. The owner of the property is responsible for any and all Trees over approx.10-12'high. UNLESS,IT'S WRITTEN IN YOUR LEASE AGREEMENT. My next question is (?)if your Landlord is being such a moronic landlord ,I wonder why would you stay were you are treated so crappy!?

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There's generally a distinction between shrubbery (bushes, vines, etc) and trees, especially when the trees are big like you said. I don't see how she has a foot to stand on with this. Why don't you ask her where in your lease that it says you are responsible for the tree
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In this case, it's hard to know who is being the butthead. It could be the landlord, or the renter. A little hard work never hurt anybody, and neither did a lot of hard work. If that's the issue, then I specultate that it's the renter who's a mamby pamby. If, however the offending limbs are greater than 6 inches in diameter, and/or are more than 20 feet above the ground, then the landlord is a dork.
Anything in between can be solved over a Diet Pepper and a plate nachos con jalepnos. Keep the law out of it.

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probably the least helpful reply i've ever read. the law is there for a reason. use it to protect yourself if necessary. why does the tree limb need to be removed? if for safety reasons, it's definitely outside of the scope of maintaining a lawn - which is just to ensure the tenant keeps up appearances of the property.

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wouldn't think so, not an atorney, but 100% of the time: what would a reasonable man do, think? = law. seems to me the landlord has this responsibility. does he/she really want to condone your doing this and his/her being possibly liable should you, heaven forbid having an accident. I'd push, politely, and persuade the landlord do this; seems reasonalble this is beyond what a reasonable (man) would be responsible for per your lease. Size of the limb = overrides your landlord's trying ? to have you do this.. Landlord needs to check the y. pages and hire someone. I would definitely not touch this this. Just hsa to be Landlord's responsibility. What's reasonable? Landlord does this, and pays for it, and soon. Good luck !

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p.s. oh yeah, ahem: tree limbs are not deemed to be shrub. again: las = what would be required of a reasonable man??= easy; the landlord does this. the art of gentle or not, persuasion. landlord threatening you with eviction. in WA and no doubt many others, laws are very, very specific about how--in WA there are only three, to the letter--people can be legally evicted. landlord's responsibility. has to be. his property, his (potential?) liability. ludicrous of him/her to suggest you do this. incredible! (unbelievable) L needs to be do this. now. the end. :)

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huge, key word--or not--tree limb. hmn, not a shrub. l, c webster, ie what is a shrub (they grow from the ground; definitely a huge or otherwise shrub is not, cannot be, never will be alas, a limb, no l aside. other argument for your "side": growth occured before you tenancy, but strongest argument is it's a lim;b lease doesn's say prune, cut ah, trees; says shrubs. have fun. be happy !

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