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I live very close to a lake and my neighbors planted trees that obscure my view... They think they own the lake. Any suggestions?

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If all of the houses on your street have a view to the lake and you pay a higher property tax, due to access to the lake, there may be legal options for you. First you need to get the land surveyor records for that property and make sure the trees are in fact on the neighbors property and not on a common public area. Then you would go to the appropriate agency in your township to see what can be done. Take pictures with you. Only if this has no result then I would seek legal advice, if you want to push it that far. Also you may want to try inviting your neighbors over for coffee and sit with them where you usually enjoy your view. Then nicely point out that you use to enjoy such a beautiful lake view until they put the trees there. Then see what they say.

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Starrrrr..... nice answer.
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Thanks LS and how are you? Happy New Year to you!
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why dont u likr the trees? trees & a lake! i wish i got even half of that! no kidding!

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compromise

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"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way." ~ William Blake, 1799 http://realestate.findlaw.com/neighbors/views-and-trees-faq.html

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Amen to that!
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If they own the property and planted the trees on their property, I'm sorry, but there isn't anything you can (legally) do. Perhaps you could talk with them about their trees obscuring your view of the lake and ask if they would be willing to relocate them to another part of their yard, but they don't actually have to say yes and move the trees.

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Think of it on the bright side. You can have your property reassessed once you lose the view, the value will go down and you will pay less taxes in the end. In theory.

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