How Do You Resolve a Tree Dispute With Your Neighbor?

An individual can resolve a tree dispute with a neighbor by talking to the neighbor about the tree issue, and if the neighbor does not do anything to resolve the problem, the individual may have the option to take him to court, FindLaw says. The tree may be considered a nuisance by law, and, therefore, an individual could initiate a nuisance claim with the court.

The law regarding trees and tree trimming is very specific, FindLaw notes. A tree planted on a neighbor's property belongs to the neighbor, and the neighboring homeowner could be found liable for up to three times the tree's replacement value if he kills the tree or cuts it down. A mature tree's value could range from $500 to $2,500, and ornamental species may hold a value of $20,000 or more.

Neighbors have rights regarding tree trimming, including if a portion of the tree hangs over their yard. A homeowner can trim the tree up to his property line, at his expense, FindLaw says. He does not have the right to enter his neighbor's yard without permission, and he can't do anything to damage the tree. He is responsible for any leaves or sticks that fall onto his yard.

Issues that occur when a tree causes property damage are not so specific, FindLaw notes. For example, if a tree falls and damages the neighboring home, the homeowner may be entitled compensation for the cost of repairs, but he must prove that the neighbor did not reasonably care for and maintain the tree.