16. February 2010 10:20
What do you think is the most common neighbor dispute? Well, if you guessed “noise,” you’d be right. Whether it’s barking dogs, loud music, noisy cars…even wild birds, most cities have laws that protect you from noise above a certain level. And if you live in a community governed by CC&Rs there are restrictions on noise levels.
Trees are the second big problem that causes neighbor disputes. Generally, if the tree’s trunk is on your property, you own it and you’re the responsible party. Some states have laws that require that you trim a tree that grows on your neighbor’s property.
Another common homeowner dispute —“views.” Trees can impact views, but new buildings can block views. Make sure there are zoning or building rules on the books to protect you. If not, your neighbor or a developer can build an addition or a new building even if it blocks your sunlight and/or your views. Know your legal rights before you purchase a house with views, otherwise one day those gorgeous views could vanish!
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