Posted by Arthur on July 13, 2003 at 11:34:05:
I agree with Matt on this.
It should be easy to work out who owns it.
But why not get creative? I don’t know what land is worth there, but how much would it cost you to fix the damage? $1k? Well, if the guy who didn’t know he owned it does own it, ask him if he would give you the land to settle the cost of repair? If he says no, then tell him he has to pay for $x amount of damage (get quotes from professionals), and have the tree removed etc etc within a certain time frame as your losing money on your investment property which he could be liable for. If he didn’t know he owned it, he won’t be sad to see it go to settle a potentially big headache for him. If your a handy man, you could probably doa lot of the work yourself, and then either sell, develop, or add the land to yours for a bigger yard.