You have a reading comprehension problem. Steve correctly explained that the
laws where we live may (and probably will be) different from the laws where
you live. Everyone here has good suggestions.
Is there a high school nearby? Call and find out if they have a program for
matching odd jobs with kids to want to earn some money. Pay a kid to rake
Hmmm.. I had the same problem. I couldn't sleep in my bedroom at night
in the fall due to acorns falling on the roof of my house. I called
my neighbor and asked him if he would mind if I had the trees cut down
and split the cost with him. He said not to worry he would have them
removed and he did. It sounds like the problem is not the trees, it's
the way you deal and communicate with people. Try a different
approach when dealing with him. If that doesn't work, cut off all of
the branches that hang over your property. Throw them in a pile in
his back yard. Pour a gallon of gas on them and light it. See if
that gets his attention. <g>.
As I did mention all attempts I have made have fallen on deafness. In the
end I will most likely ignore the problem like has been done for some time.
I don't think the guy will remove 6 trees or even allow them to be removed
but it is more of a problem then just a few leaves falling on a small area.
I am happy to learn that you have a nice guy living next to you.
The point I was trying to get across is maybe it isn't the message,
it's your delivery method. It ended up costing my neighbor $2200 to
remove 3 large oak trees that were covering my house. He doesn't even
live next door to me. It's an empty lot. I approached him, and
stated the problem and offered him a solution that I was willing to
help him pay part of the cost. Fortunately for me he paid the entire
bill. I'm a nice guy too, but if you came to me like you are coming
across in this news group there is NO way I would want to work with
I am happy to find that you think you speak for every other poster. I got
your point but you somehow have not gotten mine. You have dealt with someone
that responded to you. It has not been the case with me even if some think
that I send him threatening mail when all I did was ask for him to speak
with me about the issue. It seems that many on this group are happy to react
in the negative rather than give someone the benefit of the doubt. I was
assuming you were the latter but maybe I was wrong.
You obviously don't get the point at all. In every jurisdiction I've
ever heard of, the neighbor HAS NO RESPONSIBILITY to do anything about
healthy tree limbs that hang over the property line. No one said you
sent the neighbor threatening mail. But did you go over and try to
talk to the neighbor instead of sending mail asking him to do
something about that which he is not reponsible for? You didn't
understand the law or common practice, yet assumed that somehow it's
the neighbors issue. You were wrong.
It would be like someone across the street sending me a letter to pay
for body damage on their car, because they skidded on leaves in the
street from my tree while backing out of their driveway and hit
something. Do you think I'd respond favorably, or even at all, if I
got that kind of letter in the mail?
It seems that many on this group are happy to react
And sending letters to neighbors to fix a problem that isn't theirs to
begin with is positive? I'd say positive would be figuring out if
the trees are attractive, add value to YOUR property, sheild you from
a neighbor that you don't get along with, provide shade, and that even
if you trim them, you're still going to have lots of leaves, etc.
BTW, in my experience, a few wet leaves are more dangerous as far as
slipping than a pile 3 inchs thick. So, I fail to see how removing
some limbs are going to make a positive impact if that is your main
Actually 3 months earlier another tree on his lot that did NOT hang
over my property fell and hit my house. It damaged the roof and
siding and I didn't even say a word to him about it. My concern was
the three other trees hanging over my house. I WAS AWARE that
anything that hangs over the property line is mine. When I approached
him I asked if he would mind if I Paid to have the trees trimmed that
were hanging over my house OR if he would mind if we split the cost in
half to have them removed. I believe that it WAS due to my approach
( in a non threating manner and giving him option) was why he was
willing to work with me and have the trees removed at his expense. He
didn't have to do anything. I'm sure that if I had approached him
angry and firing bullets about taking care of his #@*! trees, I would
not have gotten the response that I received.
contact the local city arborist, they can advise you of your rights and
responsibilities in this instance .
thave a tree guy come in and cut the ones that hang over and send him the
bill? I have sent him countless letters asking him to do something but have
got no response. What are my options in the matter does anyone know?ngJohn
Legal, schmegal. You may have the right to trim the trees but you're leaving
yourself open to guerilla retaliation.
You say you're not at this location for much of the year. How'd you like to
come back to find the place burned down, or condemned because of rat
infestation, or confiscated because pot was growing in the back yard or even
covered with graffiti?
You never know what will happen when you piss off a neighbor.
He's sitting over there, 24 hours a day, planning and scheming and devising.
He would have to deal with an angry 80 year old woman that can still wave a
broom and a rake. I would not recommend anyone be so foolish. She takes
better care of the yard then he takes care of his and is most likely in
Of course. The tree guy is going to send the bill to you, because you hired
him. You're perfectly free to send the bill to your neighbor. And he's
perfectly free to ignore it, too. And depending on what the law is wherever
you are, you may be facing a civil action, or possibly even misdemeanor
criminal charges, for trimming a tree that doesn't belong to you.
Move to the desert. You're obviously unsuited for life in any place where you
have trees. Or neighbors.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
On Oct 21, 8:45 am, email@example.com (Doug Miller) wrote:
In most areas of the US, you have the right to trim overhanging
branches of a tree that is located on your neighbor's property back to
the property line. But you do it at your own expense, unless the
neighbor chooses to help pay for it. To be sure legally, you should
consult a local lawyer, as some municipalities may have differing
As others have pointed out, there are other considerations. One
would be what will it look like after it's trimmed back? It could
very well make your house worth less, because now it looks like
hell. How much difference will it make? If you have to blow leaves
anyway, and it only reduces it by 25%, is it worth it? Are there any
plusses to these branches, like providing shade in the summer, or
blocking your view of you neighbor giving you the finger? Is it
worth likely getting into a pissing match with the neighbor over
this? And how much are you willing to spend? To have tree guys
trim significant branches back on 6 large trees isn;t going to be
You say you sent him countless letters, but did you first go over and
try to talk to him? The two things I can tell you for sure are:
1 - If you didn't try to talk to the neighbor first, that was a big
2 - It's never the responsibility of the neighbor to trim branches
that overhang your property unless there is a safety issue, ie, the
tree is dying, the branches are rotten, could fall on your fence,
I have never been able to find anyone around and have send letters only
after trying to contact him first. I simply stated I wanted to discuss his
trees that over hang the old ladies driveway in a polite manner. I asked if
he had time would he look for her when she is around and mention that she
want to speak with him and ask what he could do. I never mentioned cutting
his trees or anything about any legal action. All was done in a civil
neighborly way. The house was vacant for quite some time and now I see
someone is living there. I don't intend to make anyone hostile or start any
There are city by laws that regulate the proper upkeep of land by the owner
but I have not found it necessary to contact anyone other than the wisemen
of usenet. I told the ol' lady to call the city but she has not done so.
Maybe I can convince her to do that soon.
It's precisely *because* I reviewed the thread that I offered the advice I
did: Move to the desert. You're obviously unsuited for life in any place that
has trees. Or neighbors. And I'm glad you're not one of mine.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
I don't think you have even been paying attention and have not reviewed
anything. I do not live there and am trying to take care of an old lady.
Maybe you are not capable of understanding the facts. I have seen this once
or twice on usenet groups. You offer no surprises with your post.
That wasn't in your original post. Check the timestamps -- you hadn't said
anything at all about that when I first posted, but you *had* said plenty to
convince me that you're the kind of person who shouldn't have any neighbors.
And obviously you are not capable of *stating* all the facts at the beginning.
Yep, I have too: some obnoxious dickhead comes along asking for advice, then
tells everyone who gives him advice that they're wrong. Possibly you'll
recognize yourself here... but probably you won't.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
On Sun, 21 Oct 2007 21:11:27 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller)
The desert WILL not help. A wind storm last night blew about five
gallons of leaves into my pool. All from the neighbor's trees :-))
I cleaned the pump basket yesterday and the thing is clogged today!
"I wouldn't even be here if my support group hadn't beaten me up."
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