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Do I have the right to trim my neighbors tree if the branches are in my yard?

Greensburg, PA |

do I have the right to trim my neighbors tree if the branches are in my yard?
My neighbor's tree is hanging over in our yard over the property line. We have asked him twice to please trim the tree back. We live in PA, what is our right as homeowners to cut the tree back ourselves? Is there a specific statute that we can look up?

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  1. You have the right to trim back any part of the tree that encroaches into your property.


  2. Take pictures of the tree before you trim it. Make sure it's clearly established that the tree is encroaching on your property. You should also write a letter to your neighbor explaining your intended course of action if they don't address the problem.

    This response is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The response is intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and the receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between Mark D. Copoulos, Esquire and any party. The responses provided on this website are offered only for general informational and educational purposes. They are not offered as and do not constitute legal advice or legal opinions. You should not act or rely on any information contained in these responses without first seeking the advice of an attorney.


  3. I agree with Mr. Copoulos but write separately to add that you should try to trim as close to the property line as possible. Common law provides that you own not only your land, but everything above it and below it. Trim only what's yours.

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