I live in a gated community
, and all the homes are privately owned and occupied by the owners except one...my next door home. The HOA
failed to get a "non rental agreement
" signed by the elderly lady that had the home built when the subdivision was established. She died, her daughter inherited the property, and rents it.
There are large limbs from a live oak tree on her property that are overhanging and rubbing my roof. I have asked her to remove the limbs, but she wants me to do it. I cannot as I am handicapped, so would have to hire an expert to prune the trees, and would have to pay them. I think the owner just doesn't want to have to pay anyone, so she tells me to trim them myself.
3 weeks ago I asked her again to trim the trees (she was on the property cleaning up leaves and mowing) and she refused. I have just written her a letter, return receipt requested, giving her 10 days from her receipt of the letter, to trim the trees or I would seek action through the court.
Should I hire an attorney, or just represent myself? I have taken some pictures of the trees, but since her fence (wood picket) gate is locked, I cannot get a good picture. This lady is well known in this gated community for suing in small claims court for any little thing that she thinks she may get money from.