Legal Question in Real Estate Law in California

M neighbor's ivy grows half way across my property. He says that is my problem. I am 83 years old and recovering from cancer surgery. I cannot take it out myself, and feel that I should not have to pay someone to clean up his mess. He says "So sue me". What are my legal rights and what can I do?

Asked on 8/10/13, 4:57 pm

3 Answers from Attorneys

Bryan Whipple Bryan R. R. Whipple, Attorney at Law

Unfortunately, your neighbor is probably right. While "trespass by plant life" is indeed a form of trespass to land, the long-established law as decided by the California courts limits the victim's remedies to cutting the offending vegetation at the property line. Further, you have to do it at your own expense. This makes it an exception to the general law of trespass to land.

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Answered on 8/10/13, 6:27 pm
Anthony Roach Law Office of Anthony A. Roach

I agree with Mr. Whipple.

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Answered on 8/10/13, 10:13 pm
John Laurie Gertz and Laurie

I agree with the above

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Answered on 8/11/13, 11:10 pm

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