We just moved into our new house and wanted to get a fence. Our neighbor to our back (who usually walks his dogs on our lot) was advised that we were going to put a stockade fence in our backyard - for privacy and for our two dogs. At the time he said if we ever had a need to cut overhanging branches back, we could do so. By his attitude - "I own all the trees" I knew he could be a problem so to be on the safe side I paid a surveyor to do a property boundary search. Turned out that we owned a couple of trees on our side of the line - and those trees were in bad shape - infested with borers.
For our fence to be built we had to clear out the brush along the rear property line. We spoke to a tree company and they said they could take out the brush and take out the bad trees. Also, since many of our neighbor's trees were overhanging our property - and in bad shape, the tree specialist said he would cut them back.
They began taking out the bad trees on our lot and trimming the bad overhanging branches. Immediately my partner spots the neighbor's wife making it up the hill to our backyard. She's yelling and pointing and shaking her head. I ignored her but the tree men pointed out the survey stakes and said they were only cutting down my trees and not hers. She went running down the hill to her home and about 5 minutes later her husband comes trotting up the hill. I ignored him too. I saw him speak with the tree men and they continued to do their work - however they did not complete their job - they did not trim the remaining overhanging branches. Neighbor and his wife kept silent watch while I was painting a mantle with primer and then paint.
Now, I know that the trees I had taken out were on my property - wholly within my lot. The branches were not however, but he had given my permission. I did not talk with the tree men, but I'm assuming that he rescinded his permission for them to cut back those dangerous hanging branches.
What should I do? Should I write him and tell him that those tree limbs are dangerous? That I had planned on paying the tree experts to take them off because I had his permission - that they did not complete the job because of his say so? If I do that, then he would be liable for correcting the dangerous situation, correct? I really don't want those limbs coming down on my fence or my dogs if they happened to be in the yard.
Anyone have any advice?