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How long has this problem been there to the best of your knowledge?
How long have you lived there?
How long has the nighbor lived there?
Are you good friends with the neighbor and want to remain that way?
Yes, it's a "cloud" on both your titles.
First, it would seem that the problem has been there for 21 years and therefore the owner has obtained an easement by presscription in the property to the extent it overhanges into your yard.
The law in Pennsylvania - is generally if a neighbors property encroaches into your yard you can yank the property out by it's roots or whatever to stop/alleviate the encroachment. Things like trees and shrubs are examples of things that will grow back if not yank out by their roots.
You two are going to have to get an attorney to draft an easement for you to file it at the Recorder of Deed Office which will remove the "cloud" on the title for both of you.
The easement only has to be large enough to encompass the encroaching roof and chimney.
I know that you possibly don't like giving up your property - but your stuck and you both should get the problems solved.
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