We have three fully grown pine trees in our yard, practically on the property line. We wanted to remove them because they are in direct line with our swimming pool and we are afraid that they could blow down in a bad storm. Our neighbors fought us on this. If the trees should fall onto their property and damage their pool or yard, who's responsible for the damage and who has to remove the trees from their yard?
When water causes property damage -- flooded basements, collapsing retaining walls, or soggy gardens, for example -- feuds between neighbors often result. But the legal issues can be as muddy as the mess in your backyard. Surface Water Runoff and Flooding As a general rule, a neighbor is not liable for
Nothing makes a home or dwelling less enjoyable than the presence of pests. Whether rats, mice, or bugs, these creatures can make you feel constantly on edge. This is true whether you’re living in a city apartment -- already feeling the grime and congestion of your cosmopolitan surroundings -- or a
In the 21st century, Internet feels like the sort of resource that “should” be free. Like water and air, it’s become part of the fabric of our world. The Internet serves as the central tool for entertainment, media, communication and work. An increasing number of homes are equipped with Wi-Fi
Question I really dislike my neighbor. I don’t want him to be able to look onto my yard, come onto my property, or interact with me in any way. I’d like to construct a tall fence to keep him away, but I’ve heard that there are laws against “spite fences.” Would it be illegal to build a fence
Most neighbors are kind, normal people. But every now and then, you’ll have a truly terrible experience with a neighbor who, for whatever reason, has come to despise you. These neighbors may express their feelings in all sorts of ways – including building “spite fences.” Spite fences are fences
Question We live in a beautiful neighborhood, where each resident puts a great deal of thought and effort into the appearance of their home. Most houses have nice white picket fences around them; some are elegant pine stakes; others are charming lattice birch. One neighbor, though, has put up a hideous
My neighbor recently built a wire fence, with my permission, about three feet on my property line in order to go around some trees. The fence goes about 500 feet. Someone told me in seven years the property will belong to my neighbor. Is this true?
My next door neighbor and I share a common backyard chain link fence. I paid for it more than 10 years ago, before he moved in. He repeatedly places wet rugs, towels, etc., across the top rail of the fence. It is beginning to rust in those areas. The neighbor is uncooperative. May I remove and discard the rugs -- or at least cut away and discard the portion hanging in my yard?