But what you can do is express concern that his or her tree is at risk … He owned two lots and recently sold one of the lots to his cousin. My back neighbor cut a 150 foot Magnolia yesterday, and today the cutter says he's going to clear all the others left. A tree may be planted by neighbors well within the bounds of their property, but over time, some of the branches can extend beyond the property line and into your yard. 2 tall deciduous trees. This is the 2nd time this has happened. Now, in both places their trees gave my house all my shade so I didn't want them to cut them down, but I know in the end I have no say. This is especially true in cases where the tree in question has caused any amount of damage to any of the property on the other side of the property line. In some cases, unruly neighbors take these matters into their own hands and cut their neighbor’s trees down, often causing a court battle over who was right and what the other owes. The last two places I lived my neighbors always wanted to cut down the large trees in their yard, for no other reason then they didn't like raking leaves. According to the legal advice website NOLO, the tree doesn’t have to be chopped down to cause a legal battle. An individual is only allowed to trim a neighbor’s tree up to the property line. Anonymous: We live in a neighborhood with a lot of mature trees, which we like. My neighbor who owns a house behind my house cut tree and bushes on my property . Martha's Vineyard property owners and their tree contractor cut down ten mature trees on a neighbor's property to improve their own view of the ocean. He may not enter the neighbor’s property to trim or destroy the tree. You can't march into your neighbor's yard and cut down a tree that isn't yours. He cut down one of our trees in 05/2015 while we were not at home. But there’s a catch. Yes, he does. Neighbor Cutting down all the trees ruining value of my property at 205 North Tarboro St. Raleigh, North Carolina: How is it that it is ok to cut all the trees down on the lot lines in this neighborhood that has already lost so many to the tornado? This actually happened to me about twelve years ago. It was reported to Police and he promised us not to come back to our property again. As long as he cuts only the parts of the tree that goes over to his own side of the fence, he can do so without having to ask for your permission. If you or your neighbor decide to trim branches, cut tree roots, or treat parts of the tree with a chemical that ultimately causes damage to the tree or your neighbor’s trees, you could be liable for damages. I had moved out of my home of twenty years and into my new home. I happen to know that the idiot paid $20,000 extra for the lot because of the tree. Subject: Neighbor cutting down all trees. 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