My question involves real estate located in the State of: Pennsylvania.
My neighbor of one year has approached me demanding that I trim tree branches that ovehang his yard, at my cost. I informed him that he is welcome to trim the portion that hangs over his property (at his cost), but that is not suitable to him. The reason he offered was that the branches were "dirtying and staining his new patio" (an extension of an exisiting one). He claims this is a "nuisance", and that I am finacially reponsible for trimming the branches. It is noteworthy that he has trees whose branches also overhang the patio, that he has not trimmed (the height of all branches would require professional trimming), further bringing into question the validity of the "nuisance" claim. Possibly worth mentioning is that when the said patio was extended approximately three weeks ago, no local permits were displayed at the residence at any time, as required (although I have not checked with the township to verify if any permits were pulled). All trees involved have trunks that are definitively on one property or the other (no border trees). The 40-year old trees were present when he purchased the property, are in good health, and present no foreseeable damage, other than the aforementioned "dirt". I have discussed this issue with him, and he seems intent on not negotiating. Does he have valid legal ground to support his contention that I must remove the branches at my cost, against my will, or is this a ruse of a bully?