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Resolving conflicts related to trees

California residents may not like that a neighbor's tree crosses over to their property. However, they are only allowed to trim or cut the portion of the tree that is in their yard. People may not take steps to cut on their neighbor's property or destroy the tree itself. Furthermore, the fruit that a tree may create belongs to the owner of the tree regardless of where the fruit itself may be located.

Man forced to rehome dog after HOA dispute

California residents may use therapy dogs to help them cope with a variety of physical and mental health issues. However, one man said that he had to give up his dog after a dispute with the housing complex where he lived. Representatives of MS Homeowners Association claimed that the dog was a dangerous breed and that having the pet violated its rules. Though the pit bull was not registered as a service animal, it did provide emotional support for its owner.

Disputes over decorations mark the holiday season

As the holiday season rolls around each December, homeowners in California and across the nation may find themselves immersed in festive music, oversized lawn decorations, twinkling lights - and neighbor disputes. In Connecticut, the residents of one neighborhood have circulated a petition asking for something to be done about a local homeowner's holiday display, which includes 350,000 lights. The 45 petitioners do not specify what type of action they would like taken in this matter.

Cheetos actor sues neighbor over barking dogs

The California actor behind the voice of Cheetos Chester Cheetah has sued his neighbor over barking dogs. Adam Leadbetter, along with his wife, alleged in their complaint that they have made numerous complaints to the City Hall of Los Angeles, yet nothing has been done about the noise.

HOA may have power over exterior of home

Home owners' associations are increasingly important in California communities. They create and adopt regulations that may cover anything from the types of plants allowed in a person's front yard to the amount of time a vehicle can be parked in front of a home. The declaration of covenants governing a home might allow an HOA board to restrict the display of ornaments or objects on the outside of a residence, including restrictions on wreathes, lights or other holiday objects.

Property boundaries and neighbor conflicts

Most people living in California strive to maintain good relationships with their neighbors. Unfortunately, confusion over boundary lines can sometimes lead to friction between homeowners with properties that are next to each other. Over time, this uncertainty can have severe repercussions for the parties involved.

Man and neighbors in dispute over fence

California residents may generally do whatever they want on their property. However, their neighbors don't necessarily have to like or agree with those choices. In some cases, disputes may arise when neighbors believe that another homeowner's actions cause a mess or restrict access to a road or other areas. One Georgia homeowner has built a fence on what the owner claims is private property. The fence is partially extended over a road that is blocking access to a cul-de-sac.

How an HOA can limit a small business

California residents may choose to start their own business either as a main source of income or as what some people refer to as a "side hustle". However, it is important to understand that even small businesses run from a home are not necessarily exempt from following the law. Depending on what type of business a person chooses to run, he or she may be in violation of zoning or other laws that forbid it.

HOA furious over WWII Sherman tank

Homeowners associations in California and around the country sometimes find themselves embroiled in disputes despite having carefully worded rules and policies. HOA rules tend to be quite specific so that all of the parties involved know where they stand, but this can create loopholes that leave associations with little recourse when property owners act in unpredictable ways. One such matter involves a HOA in Texas that is mired in a dispute with a property owner who parked a restored World War II main battle tank in front of his Houston home.

New product helps document noise levels

California apartment or condo dwellers may know a thing or two about dealing with noise. It isn't uncommon for neighbors to have parties or for individuals themselves to have barking dogs or air conditioning units that are loud. While it is hard to avoid noise when living in close proximity to other people, excessive noise can lead to disputes between neighbors. These disputes could become expensive depending on how far the parties involved will go to document the noise.