We have today received a letter from a firm of attorneys acting on behalf of our neighbours who are demanding that we

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Customer: We have today received a letter from a firm of attorneys acting on behalf of our neighbours who are demanding that we remove some rather large trees between our properties, something that we are reluctant to do as they afford us privacy and protection from the wind. We have invited the neighbour over on two occasions to discuss this matter and try and reach a compromise, but he has not taken up the offer. What are our legal rights in this regard?
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: No, we have only received the letter this evening upon returning from work.
JA: Where is the property located?
Customer: We are located on a rural property on the West side of Huntly.
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Yes, we had been living on our property for about 5 years prior to the neighbour showing up. The trees in question were here when he had a look at the section, they were here when he decided to purchase the section and they were here when he decided to build his home on the section, so we believe that he had more than sufficient time to weigh up the pro's and con's prior to purchasing and building next door to us.
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They can apply under the Property Law Act to the District Court for orders to trim the trees if they can show they are shading their property unduly. I expect the lawyer’s letter tells you something like that. It will come down to proof of this so if the trees have grown and shade more than before they may get an order to trim
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The lawyer's letter that we received does not mention the Property Law Act or their clients rights or requirements in terms of the Act. They are merely demanding that we cut down the trees and remove them (at our cost), as he (the plaintiff) regards ***** ***** a nuisance and alleges that the falling branches and debris that land on their roof is soiling their drinking water and damaging the roof.
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The legal basis is under the Property Law Act so that is what they could try. It’s often a good idea to get an arborist to report on the trees to give an opinion on the issues
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Thanks very much, we shall follow your advice and then contact you again once we have the report from an arborist.
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