What can we do to get these neighbors to trim that tree, and what can we do about our HOA? Our neighbor is saying that they

Asked about 1 year ago - Goodyear, AZ

Don't have to trim it since it ruins it shape. Shouldn't they have been maintaining this tree so it doesn't come over. The design committee last year told them to trim it to our property line this year the HOA will not stand behind it saying its a neighbor to neighbor issue. They said since the board didn't say that they will not stand behind it. This has been a horrible issue. So can we come back on the HOA or just our neighbors? The tree is huge

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  1. Michael Thomas Poulton


    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . Arizona law does not require that people keep their trees from growing over other peoples' property. Your neighbor is not legally obligated to trim the tree. The HOA might have the power to make them do it, depending on the regulations that are in place. If they will not, then you can trim the part of the tree that overhangs your property yourself, since the neighbor refuses. But you cannot force them to pay for it, since they are not obligated to do it in the first place.

  2. Cheryl Rivera Smith

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . I think you live in my sister's neighborhood. Their HOA is pretty worthless! Seriously, I would contact an arborist and and get confirmation that your trimming the portion of the tree that is trespassing on your property won't hurt it, then, if it is OK, trim away! First I would send a demand letter requesting that they trim. If they don't then I would sue in small claims court for reimbursement for the arborist and the trimming after you trim and can quantify damages. You might want to have the arborist check out the roots as well.

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