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What to Do About Your Neighbor’s Tree

A commonly asked question by property owners is, “what rights do they have to protect their property from overhanging trees, plants and other debris from a neighboring property”.

In Maryland, reasonable self-help remedies are allowed to prevent injury to one’s property due to encroaching vegetation from a neighbor’s property. This means that a property owner has the right to cut back encroaching branches, vines and roots up to the property line, however, a property owner may not enter the adjoining property owner’s land to chop down a tree or cut back growth without the neighbor’s consent.