Neighbors Mature Shrubs
I am hoping for some helpful advice here. My neighbor, who has for the past many years been a landlord (tenants are nice and no trouble) has a mature boxwood shrub that she allows to grow wildly. I have had multiple conversations with her to get her to maintain these shrubs so they are not an eyesore and so that I do not have to spend my money and time to keep her yard up. The shrubs are so out of control that they have pushed out her wooden fences and the front one is almost completely fallen over (into MY yard, of course), the 2nd one (that does not match the first) is pushed out over a foot and the 3rd fence (that does not match the other 2) is just in poor condition. The neighbor was not even aware of the condition of her fences nor was she even aware they existed! I advised her they belonged to her, and since I just renovated and had a lot survey done and could prove to her that they are not on our mutual property lines but are on her side. The shrubs are on the other side of her fences, also on her property. She does NO maintenance to these shrubs at all and states that they are mutual privacy hedges and I should be happy. Since they grow over three feet across the fence and ultimately touch my house and are 7-8 feet tall and lean over to my roof and bring ants, AND I have no windows on that side of my house so do not need a privacy hedge in the first place, I disagree with her. What are the laws on hedges and maintenance? I am a retired senior citizen and I have no hedges nor trees on my lot for the specific purpose of not wanting to have to deal with the upkeep! She does have a tree that once in awhile has an errant limb that I do cut off without bothering her, and I have no problem with that because it doesn't happen all the time. But I feel she should have to do annual maintenance on the shrubs as well as remove the rotted fences. The only thing she wants is for me to cut the shrubs back at my cost on a consistent basis and if I 'want, take the fence away to the dump but she doesn't care about it' (that would cost me more money, and I have no truck to cart things to the dump!)...I have searched on websites about neighborly rules of the road but really she is a landlord and am hoping there are firmer rules that apply that can force her into doing her own work. I think I have only seen her 3x in the last 4 years - so she isn't much interested in monitoring her rental properties around the area (she has multiple properties). I don't even know where to start, I've had 3 conversations with her in a very reasonable friendly tone, but clearly she is all about the money and she doesn't want to expend any. In her lease with the tenants, they only have to maintain the lawn - they are NOT liable to do anything with the trees and shrubs. What city or county department can I go to - what website...can someone help?