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Our neighbor has trees that are blocking our view (Enumclaw,

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Our neighbor has trees that are blocking our view (Enumclaw, WA) can we legally asked him to cut them down? They were planted after we purchased our land.
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Unfortunately, unless you have a "scenic view easement" over the neighbor's land which would legally prevent them from obstructing the view, there is no statute in WA that would force them to remove their trees to provide a clear view. Scenic view easements are most often purchased from adjoining property owners so that this type of thing can be prevented.
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But absent an easement, you couldn't force them to remove the trees unless there is a local ordinance that specifically protects scenic views. I would suggest contacting your local Building Inspector's office to see if there might possibly be one. But to be perfectly honest, they are pretty rare..
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