I already know the standard answer will probably be, "contact an attorney." That said, I still would like to hear people's take on this situation. I own a rental house. We were going to sell it before we bought the farm, but the real estate market is real soft in my area and I would have lost money on it. I chose to rent it instead. We've been renting to the same folks for two years with no problems. (Thank you Lord for outstanding renters!) The neighborhood is a mid- to upper- middle income subdivision about 5 miles out of town, not the type you normally expect to see rental houses in. Each lot is 1/2 acre. This home is one of the original homes in the subdivision. My problem is coming from folks who recently bought the house next to the rental. There are mature maple trees between the driveways that sit on the property line. In 1994 I had a chain-link fence installed in the backyard and had a surveyor come out to make sure the fence was placed properly. I was told by my renters that these new neighbors planned on removing these trees. I spoke with the lady last night. She told me flat out that they would be removed. She was going to put in a new cement driveway because of "all the nasty dust and rocks" and at least one of the trees just had to go because it's roots were in the way. It was going to cost her $1,000 and then she would have a landscaper come in and also she had to enlarge the 2 car deep garage to make is adequate. (No lady, I'm not impressed by you going into debt.) I told her that the trees were on the property line and she just couldn't remove them. She told me that she already called the city and they were going to send out a person to paint the property lines. I laughed and informed her that the subdivision was not in town and she needed to hire a surveyor from the county. I told her it was done 10 years prior and I could show her the property pins, one which grew into the tree in question. The tree she is adamant about taking down does run underneath the cement portion of her driveway, but it is also them main shade from the afternoon summer sun for my house. When I told her this, she sneered, "You mean for your garage." I reiterated, "No, for my house. The canopy is large and the shade extends beyond the garage and onto the living and dining room in addition to shading my back patio." She just shrugged and said the tree was coming down. ::heavy sigh:: What really bugs me is that she thinks she can just come in and TELL me she is going to do this regardless. I really probably should just say, "Sure, go ahead", but her attitude really bugs me.... A LOT! Thoughts? comments? suggestions?