Well, we could sneak around in the middle of the night and pick the fruit that's hanging over in our yard or throw the branches and leaves back into the owner's yard because they are littering our yards. OR we can just 'bear the fruit of thy neighbor'.
There are ‘known' facts that if your lychee tree (or any fruit tree for that matter) with branches that are bearing fruit are overhanging in the neighbor's yard, the fruit belongs to the owner of the tree. BUT there are no laws saying it is so.
Now, if your neighbor's palm tree (or any other tree for that matter) is hanging over into the your yard it is customary to ask if you can trim the branches. If they don't agree then it is within your right to trim them. After all if the ‘mess' from your neighbor's tree falls in your yard it IS your responsibility to clean it up.
What kind of @#$%^& is that? Why should I have to clean up after everyone else's mess? I didn't plant the darn tree and they're the ones who should be cleaning up their mess. I don't like mangoes so why should I have to clean up their mess and cut their branches?
When purchasing a home you, the buyer, drive around the neighborhood during the evening to check out the 'goings on' because after all you'll be living in that neighborhood and next to "them" for years to come. At the same time, I suggest that you check on those trees overhanging the property from the neighbor's yard to the property you're about to purchase as well.
Because after all, being neighborly means picking up after their mess should THEY decide they don't want to be neighborly and pick up their own.
....Now...big giant roots that are coming from the neighbor's giant coconut tree and cracking the boundary wall are a totally different story.
.....and so is your safety when it comes to falling coconuts.
Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.
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