4. What about a neighbor’s rights? Can a neighbor demand a tree be cut down because it blocks her view?

Can a neighbor demand a tree be cut down because it blocks her view?

tree in front of window

The general legal principle is that neighbors can’t demand a tree be cut down because it blocks their view.

Example: Sammy and Sydney Simpson bought a house on a hill overlooking a lake. The view from the Simpsons’ patio is beautiful. The Simpsons are very distressed, however, when George and Gracie Grant buy a house slightly below the Simpson house and plant trees so that they can enjoy shade when sitting on their own patio. When the Grants’ trees mature, they will block the wonderful view from the Simpsons’ patio. The Simpsons are unhappy — but the Grants have the right to plant trees on their property even though they know the trees will someday block the Simpsons’ view of the lake.

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