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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Many communities protect trees and have bylaws that require permission be asked of the powers that be prior to any pruning, removing, etc.    I do not feel that anyone should be allowed to indiscriminately kill something that might be 50 - 100 years old if it is healthy just for their own selfish needs.

Aug 26, 2015 09:04 AM
The Woodland Team of Texas
The Woodland Companies - Austin, TX
Land Specialists

Though i like trees, I also respect a landowners right to do what they want.

Dec 02, 2018 02:48 AM
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist

Funny, I've found it's usually the opposite... the neighbor wants the other's trees either trimmed back or cut down but the one whose property the trees are on doesn't want to touch them.  I've known neighbors who've sued because the next door neighbor had their trees trimmed (just the branches that go into their yard) without permission from the one whose property the trees are on.  The one whose trees were trimmed without permission won the suit.   I think in the case of the ones you mention, private property rights win over the neighbor's preference to keep them for their self-interest.  Some cities may require the one removing trees to get a permit and also replace the ones removed with other trees of that property owner's choosing.

Aug 26, 2015 01:12 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

If a tree is rooted in your yard and you want to take it out, go for it.  If the neighbor wants some shade, let them plant their own tree.

Aug 26, 2015 12:42 PM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

At least here you can (with permits) trim any limbs from a neighbors tree that hang over the property line. Don't trim past that line though unless they agree to it!

Aug 26, 2015 11:55 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Can't really do much if they are on the other property. I don't know why someone that bought a home would cut down trees, but it is their choice.

Aug 26, 2015 10:19 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

The owner of the tree is the one with the trunk on their property.

Aug 26, 2015 10:02 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I wouldn't think there is much the neighbor can do. The neighbor doesn't own the trees are have to maintain them. Has the neighbor talked with an attorney?

Aug 26, 2015 09:04 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Christina - I would imagine that the neighbors can't do much about a homeowner cutting down trees in their own back yard, but then again, I am not an attorney, and you never know.

Aug 26, 2015 08:58 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

Trees and branches tgat extend over into the air rights of neighbors can be issues among neighbors. If the neighbor who has a branch hanging over an invading his or her air rights is not permitted to cut those branches down because if you do and you kill the tree your neighbor who owns the tree could file acclaim against you for killing the tree.?you must politely ask them to prune their own tree. 

Aug 26, 2015 08:58 AM
sandy straley
Rindlesbach Homes - Salt Lake City, UT
Selling Homes for over 40 Years

not much. . . .  the trees are the property owners.  The neighbors should consider planting their own trees in places where privacy and shade are needed. . ..  the neighbors can also maintain the trees

Aug 26, 2015 08:40 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

As the trees are on their property probably not much and is a question that should be asked of an attorney.

Aug 26, 2015 08:36 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

The trees on a neighbors property are their business not mine.

Aug 28, 2015 12:27 PM
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

It is a homeowner's right to do what they please (legally) with their property.  If a neighbor wants privacy, they can certainly add their own trees.  A Seller may not want to the upkeep for the trees, which can get pricey, as they age.  The trees may have health issue that makes more sense for homeowner to remove them; rather than treat them.  Communication between the neighbors should prove helpful.

Aug 28, 2015 07:04 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

No I have not had an occassion where a neighbor wants to dictate what someone else can do on their property.

Aug 26, 2015 10:37 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am a strong believer in private landowner rights, if the neighbor wants those trees left, rather than petitioning the city to take the neighbors rights away, he should offer to compensate the neighbor to have the trees left.

Aug 26, 2015 04:12 PM