Troubleshooters tackles neighborly tree limb concerns

Troubleshooters aims to help a man with some hanging tree limbs from his neighbor's property.
Posted at 3:28 PM, May 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 19:39:35-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Our Troubleshooters report today is about a man concerned about the winds knocking down tree limbs.

The trees are on the property next door.The man says he’s asked his neighbor to cut the limbs down, but nothing’s happened yet.

This is what Randolph Sabsook is talking about.

He says strong winds have snapped these tree limbs. Other limbs aligning the fence line are growing thru these cables and wires and hanging onto his property.

"See how it's blowing right now," Sabsook said. "It's probably 20 mph Yeah. When they get to hurricane season, probably 60-70 mph. No telling what's going to happen."

These limbs appear to be decayed or dead.

Sabsook wants his neighbor to cut down all the limbs hanging over the fence line so they don’t damage his property or interrupt services.

He tells the Troubleshooters he is living in fear because of the limbs.

"Of course," he said. "If this falls on my house and my children are here ..."

We spoke with the Seago family, owners of the house next door.

They acknowledge they’ve spoken with Sabsook about this before. And we both spoke with Code Enforcement about it today. Officials says it is perfectly legal for Sabsook to cut down the limbs hanging over his property line.

The Seagos say he can cut down healthy trees close to their side of the property, but they will not be liable or responsible for any cost incurred by Sabsook.

They also say they will also cut down decaying, diseased and dead limbs on their side of the fence, but not on Sabsook’s side because of liability concerns.