Can my neighbor make me cut down a tree in my yard because it shades their garden and satellite dish reception?

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Can my neighbor make me cut down a tree in my yard because it shades their garden and satellite dish reception?

Does the CA solar shade control act come into play here?

Asked on August 1, 2011 California

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No, they can not.  I am assuming that the tree was there before the satellite dish, correct?  The tell them that they have to move the dish.   But I say this with a caveat: if the tree overhangs on to their property then the general rule of thumb is that they can trim any portion over the property line so long as it does not damage or kill the trees.  So maybe then you want to come to a reasonable solution with your neighbors: maybe see if trimming the tree back a bit would allow them more light - to which they are entitled - and give them better reception.  The application of the law you state here is best asked to an attorney in your area.  Good luck.

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No, they can not.  I am assuming that the tree was there before the satellite dish, correct?  The tell them that they have to move the dish.   But I say this with a caveat: if the tree overhangs on to their property then the general rule of thumb is that they can trim any portion over the property line so long as it does not damage or kill the trees.  So maybe then you want to come to a reasonable solution with your neighbors: maybe see if trimming the tree back a bit would allow them more light - to which they are entitled - and give them better reception.  The application of the law you state here is best asked to an attorney in your area.  Good luck.


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