If you pay to have a tree removed from someone else's property do you have any rights to reimbursement?
Question Details: A large ailing tree was a danger to multiple homes/property and needed removed. All parties believed it to be on Homeowner A's property and Homeowner A paid for the removal. About 2 years later, it was discovered all were mistaken and it was on Property Owner B's land. Property Owner B had no knowledge of the event or tree and was not involed in the process at all. Does Homeowner A have any recouse or did they just unwittingly gift/donate the funds for removal?
Unfortunately, Homeowner A did unwittingly gift or donate the funds for removal. As you write, B was not aware of the event or tree; not being aware, B did not, by definition, consent or agree to the project or to cost thereof; you cannot make someone else liable or responsible to pay for work without their consent or agreement.
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