Everyday Law and Common Questions


Everyday Law and Common Question articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues in consumer law, family law, neighbor situations, and more.

Trees and Plants in the Neighborhood

Here in the City of Trees, our urban forest occasionally gives rise to conflicts between neighbors and between citizens and the city. Some of the laws applying to trees are a bit surprising, like the fact that trees can also be a fence, and that property owners are responsible to fix the sidewalk along their property – even if a city tree causes the damage. Other tree and plant issues include what to do if a neighbor’s plant invades your yard, what happens if a neighbor’s tree shades your solar panels, and the limits when you can cut down your own trees.
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