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SPEAKING TO A NEIGHBOR ABOUT TREES BLOCKING YOUR VIEW

One of the biggest selling points when it comes to real estate is a beautiful view. Whether this is a view of the city, a view of the mountains, a view of the ocean or a view of the forest, there is nothing like enjoying a nice glass of wine on your patio looking out at the great outdoors- unless, however, your view is blocked by neighbor's trees. If your view is being obstructed by trees on your neighbor's property then you may wish to speak to him about it.

In addition to trees blocking your view, another common compliant are trees that drop leaves and fruit. If your neighbor's tree is dropping leaves onto your yard then you may find that you are constantly cleaning up after this mess. Furthermore, if your neighbor is letting the tree's fruit rot, you could also have concerns about rodents and other unwanted animals in the area.

Obtrusive Trees in your Neighborhood

When it comes to speaking to a landlord about any tree, you need to be polite about it. All you can hope is that your neighbor understands where you are coming from. Offer to help him in cutting the tree down. You may suggest splitting the cost of a professional service or, if you have the tools, you may offer to do it yourself. Your neighbor may want to get rid of the tree or donate to charity, but may not have the tools or the time to do it.

Keep in mind that there are some neighbors that enjoy having large bulky trees on their property. Trees provide shade, security and privacy and thus they are often a huge selling point. If your neighbor doesn't want to cut down the trees he does not have to. Unless there is a safety hazard involved, a neighbor doesn't have to cut down any tree on his property.

When it comes to speaking to a neighbor about cutting down obtrusive trees you really can only rely on luck. If your neighbor understands and shares your point of view, and is a nice person, then he may consider cutting down the trees. If not, then you may be out of luck.

One exception to the rule is if the tree is causing a safety problem. If, for example, the tree is quite old and could easily fall down during a wind storm, then your home could be at risk as well. You can determine your legal rights in terms of neighborhood trees by speaking to a surveyor with the council or speaking to your landlord or property manager who may be able to shed some light on the situation.

What you cannot do, regardless of how annoying the tree is, is cut it down. If there are branches that are dangling onto your property, then you can ask your neighbor if he doesn't mind you cutting these branches off. If it is on your property, you have the right to do something about it. However, you cannot sneak over to his side of the yard, cut down the tree at the root when he is not looking. This is trespassing.

Regardless of why you want the tree gone, you need to go about the situation with courtesy and respect. You do not have the right to make demands; all you can do is make suggestions. Speaking to a neighbor about trees blocking your view may not do anything but make your neighbor aware of the problem. He may do something about it or he may not. All you can do is ask and hope for the best.

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