Instead of talking to friends, family and searching the internet and tree cutting companies, you need to talk to an attorney. The info you believe is simply not true. Once the neighbor advised you of the possible problem any damages are 100% your responsibility.
You CAN do whatever you want. I have no idea why your neighbor would pay half to trim your tree which is on his property. In MY State he could hire someone to trim straight up from the property line and then sue you for the total cost.
I have NO idea what City Ordinance (and where) states that if a neighbor's branches are on your property you are responsible for removing them. You seem "sure" of a lot of incorrect information.
The tree is "technically" growing on your side as opposed to "untechnically" growing on your side?
Safeguarding your neighbor's property from dangers created on your property is 100% YOUR LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY. IF there is damage now that you've been forewarned, your homeowners insurance can (and probably will) disallow any claims because you failed to act like a "prudent and responsible" person.
But, sure, tell him to take care of it, and then argue your understanding of the law in Small Claims Court.
· 3 weeks ago