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I can't really see any problem coming back, the sale would have to fall through and the new owners then want to pursue you, that doesn't sound like the sort of property that gets sold at auction.

I agree it's a tricky one when you see people working unsafely, and you have the gear to do it better. I don't think you can do more than offer something fair, and then it's up to them to choose. After all they could drive down the road like a lunatic next, and you have a car.....

Sometimes it works out though, last year I stopped to offer help to some people with ladder and bowsaw out. Only beer money but more importantly it led to a recommendation to their friend and so far two days work at nice rate so glad I stopped.

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7 hours ago, Rough Hewn said:


How would I have known he didn't own the property yet?
He told me he'd bought it.
Genuine question.
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Dosn't matter does it.

He didn't cut the tree down.

You did.

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Dosn't matter does it.
He didn't cut the tree down.
You did.

Yes.
However I'd like to avoid being in the same situation again.
How do you know who's tree it is?

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4 hours ago, Rough Hewn said:


Yes.
However I'd like to avoid being in the same situation again.
How do you know who's tree it is?
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I dont think there is a problem here as a contractor we arent obliged to reasonobly check every customers house deeds or tenancies. The chances of any comeback in your scenario are minimal. I guess if you need to avoid this happening again you need to not help out in similar situations (a 75 year old up a tree somewhere else cutting a tree down in a conservation area or TPO could obviously have some implications) and make sure you have in writing that the customer is the tree owner...part of your quote.

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I dont think there is a problem here as a contractor we arent obliged to reasonobly check every customers house deeds or tenancies. The chances of any comeback in your scenario are minimal. I guess if you need to avoid this happening again you need to not help out in similar situations (a 75 year old up a tree somewhere else cutting a tree down in a conservation area or TPO could obviously have some implications) and make sure you have in writing that the customer is the tree owner...part of your quote.

Very helpful post, thank you.

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Leave him to it next time. If he wants to break his neck to save £150, let him. Trouble is, now he knows he can emotionally blackmail you. Next time he starts, I'd just film him for 'You've been framed'.

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People die all the time, he is old ( an a millionaire) and just wants to do it. Doubtless you will never hear the last of it down the pub " 150 quid! I just did it myself!"... etc etc... K

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After a wet morning, we came back from the yard to an afternoon of chain grinding and admin
Looked out the window...
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My 75-80 year old neighbour is up the tree again.
 
A while back he asked me for a price, I told him a morning for two guys to remove it.
(Probably 3hours)
£150 as your my neighbour.
He grinned and told me he'd do it himself.
I advised caution and a soas.
He used an electric jigsaw....
 
So today I see him and say: look I'll put it on the ground safely without breaking the 3 telecom wires through it and you can clear the mess. £75
I do it he grins.
 
So lunchtime today he's at it again.
Now let me explain.
He's a multi millionaire.
Owns a vast portfolio of properties commercial and domestic.
But he's still an old man about to fall out the tree.
I can't watch anymore.
Me and my colleague put the tree on the ground carefully.

At which point a local builder pops by.
Takes one look at the tree and says
The house isn't yours yet mate.
Be careful...

Turns out he bought it at auction, and has paid for it, just waiting on conveyancing.
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Hindsight suggestions gentlemen?

 


Hi mate just let him carry on stand back and just let him carry on that’s rod hall the used to do emu fell off a roof adjusting his TV aerial absolutely no sense in it owell thanks
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Just awoke from my siesta,
(It's my Bday)
To find these from the neighbour.IMG_7633.thumb.jpg.a42f145171a1dea96b2733fe4d34b719.jpg


I’d be mortified if someone bought me an Adidas t-shirt.
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