Received an invoice from a tree removal company saying that my neighbor wants me to pay half the bill for a tree that the neighbor had removed from their property. Neither my neighbor nor the tree removal company had contacted me about this matter before. I did see the tree removal company cut a tree in my neighbors property two months ago but that was on their property a very large tree that had died. This bill and work related matter is news to me. The tree removal company keeps sending me their bill.
You likely would have no obligation to pay for removal of the tree unless you requested it or it was partly on your property.
In any case, unless it was an emergency of some sort, they should have consulted with you first.
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If the tree was not on your property, then it would not have been your obligation to have it removed - and therefore you should not be the one to pay for it. Perhaps there is some added detail here that your neighbor is relying on to seek your contribution for the removal because it doesn't really make sense to charge a neighbor for a tree that isn't on their property (and presumably wasn't asked to be removed by that neighbor).
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Unless the tree was also on your property, you should not have any obligation. Ask the tree removal company for a copy of the contract you signed and if there isn’t one, to stop harassing you.
You should send both your neighbor and the tree removal company a letter explaining that you received the bill and do not intend to pay it because: a. you did not ask them to remove it, and, b. you did not authorize any such services or agree to pay for them. Your neighbor might have some mistaken belief about what is going on.
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