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Do you have questions about your neighbors and their trees?

Some people get along with their neighbors. Unfortunately, there are others who find it difficult to coexist.

In some communities, questions regarding trees come into play. More specifically, what happens if a tree blocks one person's view?

If you find that a neighbor's tree is blocking your view, you don't have many options. However, there could be other local laws that come into play.

Generally speaking, homeowners don't have the right to force a neighbor to cut or remove a tree because it obstructs their view.

But here is what you need to know: the tree may be in violation of a local ordinance, zoning law, or subdivision rule. It may be even impede on an existing easement. These are the types of details you must consider if you are thinking of taking action.

While not common, some cities have imposed a view ordinance. This is most likely in a community in which scenic views are a valuable part of the home purchasing process. For example, a city in which homes have views of the ocean may have enacted such an ordinance.

If you have questions about your neighbor's trees, it is probably best to discuss this with the homeowner first. This will go a long way in getting everything out in the open. If this doesn't work, it is time to consider any other options that may exist. You may not have many rights, but there is always the chance you will find something that works in your favor. This is why you need to learn as much as possible about local laws and ordinances.

Source: FindLaw, "Views and Trees FAQ," accessed Jan. 13, 2016

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