Trimming a neighbor's trees

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  1. lovebeingteach

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    (Background information) My neighbor and I do not talk much. We had a definite, ongoing issue with him letting his dog use the bathroom in my yard, without him cleaning it up. If he had cleaned it up there'd be no issue. I LOVE DOGS!

    Anyways, neighbor's yard is totally neglected and I want to have his trees trimmed away from my roof.

    Here's my question: Would it be rude or improper to trim only the side of the tree that is touching my roof? These are not my trees, and I am SURE he would have an issue with the tree guy going onto his property. I guess what I worry about it whether it may make the tree have an uneven weight and possibly fall on his house. If that happened, would I be liable?

    I don't see him ever handling the trees on his own. This is a man who hasn't cut his backyard at all this year. He cut it once last summer.

    Let me know what you think.
     
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  3. Ima Teacher

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    You have the right to trim trees back to the property line.

    I’d hire someone to do just that. My mom has had to remove roots and limbs from her neighbor’s tree. They’re on friendly terms, so it wasn’t a big deal. I’m not close enough to my neighbors to matter.
     
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    Can't begin to tell you the issues this can cause.
     
  5. lovebeingteach

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    Are you referring to me having the trees trimmed or him not cutting the grass? I see that was in bold.
     
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    Him not cutting his grass. Let's just say "slimy critters" like to hide in the grass if you get my drift.
     
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    Yes. I know. Neighbors are so much fun!
     
  8. teacherintexas

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    Contact your city/county and ask them. It’s bound to be a common problem.

    Keep documentation in case you end up on Judge Judy. :)
     

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