Typically, once a downed tree has fallen into your yard due to “an act of God,” it becomes your responsibility, Orlando-based attorney Tom Olsen told Fox News.
“If a healthy tree comes down by act of God — lightning, hurricane, storm — each property owner is responsible for the damage to their own property,” Olsen said.
Olsen noted that some instances could be different, including if the property owner knew the tree was diseased or dead. In those cases, someone could officially inform their neighbor, typically by certified mail, that a tree was defective, and then they could be responsible for any damage it caused if a hurricane brought it down.
It’s also up to you to take care of a tree once it’s fallen onto your property in Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Corey Cargle, owner of Steve’s Tree and Landscape Service, encouraged people to take photos of the fallen tree and the damage.