WTH is wrong with neighbors these days??
First, let me say that a majority of our current and all of our past neighbors have been great, friendly, helpful and enjoyable.
Now on to the nuts at hand. We bought our house last summer and have spent a fair amount of time doing little things to update, remodel, clean out, etc. We had a lot of wet weather over the winter and early spring following the drought this past summer so lots of tree issues. We had a tree service come out in December to start cleaning up some of the tree issues and had a standing order to complete the work after the first of the year with weather permitting.
We have a shared space with our next door neighbors (really nice) and we're sharing the bill for this tree service to come out and clean it up so we can maintain the healthy trees and clear out the dead stuff.
So the problem comes in with our neighbors behind us. Back in February, right after a snow, I saw the whole family in our back yard cutting off a limb from one of the trees in this area. They didn't say anything to us and since DH was out of town, I didn't go down and confront them. This tree had died and the top branches were touching some of their trees. We're in a neighborhood where properties have a little less than 1/2 acre so lots of trees are touching each other. After this incident, I took pictures and called our tree guy who told us that the neighbors could cut anything that hung over to their side but they absolutely not allowed to come onto our property and cut on our tree. Nothing further happened and a couple of weeks ago when the weather finally started clearing up, we went back and cut off the branch that was touching theirs (for the record, the tree hadn't budged in all that time and was in no danger of doing any damage to their stuff). We figured that would solve any potential issues until the tree guys came out (they're coming on Monday - yea!!!).
Not so. Yesterday, I look out our window to see neighbor (I'll refer to him as "Jacknut") and a friend with a chain saw on our property cutting up the tree and chucking the pieces either into the communal area or into our next door neighbors' yard. I went down (very calmly) and asked what was going on. He got in my face about how he's tired of looking at this dead tree. I told him we had a standing order with our tree service to clear out the dead stuff and they would be here on Monday. Jacknut got all worked up and even though I remained calm, it was clear nothing was going to get solved. They did stop cutting and left our yard. My DH went down that night and said "what the hell" and to stay off of our property. Doesn't matter if we have 15 dead trees, nothing gives them the right to trespass and destroy our property. Jacknut finally admitted that he was technically in the wrong, but morally in the right. I guess committing a crime gives him the moral high ground.
Anyway, I contacted our little town's attorney about what to do, and we're going to get an official survey done of our property. Jacknut's wife said they were planning on putting up a privacy fence so I want to make sure they don't infringe on our property lines.
Any suggestions? Does anyone know if you can build a fence directly on a property line or do you have to build "x" amount of feet off of the line? Any assistance would be great!