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LSUguerilla
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Trees and Property Line LAWS


I have a neighbor who is threatening a lawsuit to me if I dont trim my trees which are barely hanging over his property. I thought the law was he couldn’t make me cut them unless they were proved to be rotten and an imminent danger to his house. I moved to my neighborhood for the trees and he has clear cut his yard, but now he wants to take out my trees. What to do?

I offered HE could trim them at HIS cost while I supervised the trimming as so they don’t butcher them, I even got some bids. I have a lot more things I want to fix up on my house vs. paying hundreds of dollars for cutting trees I moved here for in the first place. (this is in Baton Rouge)



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wickowick
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I am pretty sure anything over his property line is his, everything on your side is yours, he can't make you do anything on your side and you can't stop him from cutting on his side...





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Aubie Spr96
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I'd tell him to go frick himself. The tress are in your yard they are yours.





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Godfather1
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People can be such petty dicks about this stuff.

I used to work in various capacities on a survey crew. We were once called out to verify a property line/fenceline in a dispute between neighbors. The fence itself wasn't over the linebut the concrete holding one of the posts in place encroached 3 inches over the neighbor's property line. As a result, the neighbor forced the guy to tear down that portion of his fence.

shite like that, of course, usually runs deeper than just a minor property encroachment. There's usually more involved i.e., bad blood between the neighbors.






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TigersSEC2010
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He sounds like a whiny bitch. Tell him to go frick himself. Kicking his arse would work too.





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GumboPot
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I am pretty sure anything over his property line is his, everything on your side is yours, he can't make you do anything on your side and you can't stop him from cutting on his side...


This.

And check your local ordinance if you guys still can't work it out.






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LSUguerilla
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I’m sure this isn’t a bad blood type thing (yet lol). We are very friendly about everything else except this topic.





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sec13rowBBseat28
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Is he the kind of guy that would poison and kill the tree as a last resort?





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LSUguerilla
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I am begining to wonder! lol





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Godfather1
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Yeah, I was just using that as an example of how small people can be about this kind of stuff. That was definitely the most petty instance of it I ever saw, but it was certainly not the only one.





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Five0
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He might call Updyke Tree and Stump Removal company.





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GumboPot
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quote:

Is he the kind of guy that would poison and kill the tree as a last resort?






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Zahrim
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quote:

I am pretty sure anything over his property line is his, everything on your side is yours, he can't make you do anything on your side and you can't stop him from cutting on his side...



My parents live in a neighborhood with very strict covenants and property laws are pretty standard from state to state, that is an accurate statement.






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Tigah in the ATL
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a neighbor who is threatening a lawsuit
he won't after he talks to a lawyer.






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Zach
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What is his specific gripe? Why is the overhang hurting him?

I grew up with our backyard neighbor's pecan tree overhanging into our yard. All the pecans that fell in our yard were ours to eat. We thanked them for it.

I've got trees overhanging the neighbors and the neighbors have trees overhanging me. We all love trees.

We watch each others bordering trees and give advice about cutting dead limbs or treating for pests that might kill them.






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RhodeIslandRed
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quote:

I am pretty sure anything over his property line is his, everything on your side is yours, he can't make you do anything on your side and you can't stop him from cutting on his side...


In every state I have lived in that statement is spot on. If your tree is rotten, you neglect it and it falls on his house then you are liable. If your tree is healthy and falls during a storm then it is an act of God and his homeowners insurance pays for it. Ask an attorney.

ETA: I meant literally ask an attorney. I'm not one.



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Zahrim
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+1





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Asgard Device
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In a perfect world, neighbors would split everything regarding fences and trees along the property lines 50/50.

Obviously, this is not a perfect world. My neighbor has a tree that is rotten and looks like it is about to fall on their house. I offered to pay half of the removal costs, since all the limbs and such fall into my pool. They declined.

I took it upon myself to have a big limb cut off the tree that was hanging over my house and they didn't say anything. Having said that, I do prefer neighborhoods with trees. I bought into an older established neighborhood and this is one of the things that gives it a more natural feel, but I understand that sometimes trees get old or they get too big and need to go. I always recommend replacing it with a new tree. 10-15 years later, it'll pay off.






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dr smartass phd
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I used to work in various capacities on a survey crew. We were once called out to verify a property line/fenceline in a dispute between neighbors.



I was a surveyor for 13 years, seen some real nasty disputes.






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LSUDAN
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Is the trunk of the tree in your yard or does it straddle the property line. If the trunk is in your yard, I believe your neighbor has to prove that the overhang is actually going to cause harm or detriment to his property. I don't believe he can just cut on the tree without it being damage to your property. Now if the trunk is on both sides of the property line then the tree can be considered both property owners and he may cut what is on his side. I think there was a ruling in regards of a property owner who sued the state when the state cleared some tree limbs overhanging the property line during a construction project without permission from the property owner.





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