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Vegas woman says neighbor's overhanging pine trees are causing problems

Neighbors fight over pine tree battle
Neighbor's trees leaving a mess
Posted at 7:44 AM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 10:58:58-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Katie Taylor says she's been in a battle with her neighbor for 10 years.

It all started with large overhanging pine trees in the backyard next to Taylor's yard.

Taylor says the trees are dropping pine needles everywhere. Her pool and furniture are constantly covered in them and the pine trees are even attracting large rats to her yard.

Taylor says her neighbor refuses to take care of the problem and she says he told her he would sue if she touches his trees.

13 Action News reached out to her neighbor but we were not able to reach him.

We also reached out to the home owners association and they sent us a statement saying in part...

"In these situations, when it is a neighbor to neighbor dispute, especially in backyards, the association does not get involved."

The HOA says that Taylor does have the right to cut down the branches extending into her yard but first she should consult with a lawyer.

Attorney Eric Dobberstein with Dobberstein Law Group suggests that Taylor should try mediation first but her neighbor must be willing to cooperate.

"The beauty of a mediation is allowing those parties to solve their own problem. So it's much better if these two parties can get together and go into a Neighborhood Justice Department and get it worked out," Dobberstein said.