Can my neighbor legally trim my tree without my knowledge or permission? 10 Answers as of April 30, 2013My neighbor or someone in his employ trimmed some limbs from a pear tree growing in my yard. These limbs extended over his property line. This tree is a non-fruiting tree. This neighbor knew the tree existed and that it had some overhang on his property. He has complained to me about it and I told him at the time that he knew the tree was there when he bought his house and if he wanted the limbs trimmed. He could do it at his own expense. These limbs impinge maybe five or six feet over his property line. I noticed today that the limbs had been trimmed. My wife, who is semi-ambulatory and is at home alone part of the day while I am at work, she told me that she heard all sorts of noise coming from next door. I don't really mind that the limbs are trimmed but I do mind that it was done without my knowledge and caused my wife some concern since she didn't know what was happening and can't get around quick enough to see what was going on.
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
The limbs that crossed the property line are on his property, and he can cut them down. I am not sure if he can force you to pay for it. If the tree fell onto his property, he could remove it and you would be responsible for the cost. It seems to me that if you and he can work out something peacefully, it will make your living in the area much more comfortable. Pick your wars. This is not one to fight.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm | Thomas Bulman
Why don't you think about thanking your neighbor? If you want a feud, then huff and puff your way over to his house and bang on his door. When he opens, start the rant. Over the coming years, your gift will keep on giving and giving and giving. Good Luck.
Answer Applies to: Montana
Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
Overhanging trees are a nuisance and sometimes are legal problems. Trim the tree and keep it off his property and cool down. you cannot afford a legal fight over tree limbs. It will cost 100 times what it is worth to you
Answer Applies to: North Carolina