How to write a letter to a neighbor asking to chop down a tree

Updated March 16, 2017

An unsightly tree on a neighbour's property can become a nuisance. The tree may be diseased, dead and rotting, growing onto others' properties or an eyesore due to an unattractive appearance. Because the tree is on someone's property, neighbours who would like to have the tree removed will need to contact the property owner directly. Sending a letter to the neighbour responsible for the tree is a way to explain your problems with the tree and request its removal.

Check the spelling of your neighbour's first and last names. If you misspell part or all of your neighbour's name in your letter, it may offend her. If you don't know her name or the correct spelling, ask other neighbours if they know.

Type or handwrite the letter. Let the neighbour know that you are writing to discuss a tree in his yard. If you know what kind of tree it is, put that information in the letter. Describe the location of the tree so he knows which tree is at issue.

Briefly explain why you would like the tree to be chopped down. Try not to be rude or accusatory. Be honest. For example, if the tree is an eyesore due to rotting, put this in your letter. Your neighbour will appreciate knowing your reasons for wanting the tree removed. If you just tell her to chop down the tree without providing any explanations, she may feel attacked.

Write that you would be happy to discuss the situation with him in person. Provide your telephone number and address. If you are willing to contribute money or labour to help with the removal of the tree, indicate that. Write and sign your name at the bottom of the letter. Make sure your name is legible so the neighbour knows who sent the letter.

Put the letter in an envelope, write your neighbour's name on the envelope and deliver it to her.

Things You'll Need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Envelope
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Irene Finley began writing professionally in 2009, specializing in law, history, travel and cooking. She is a licensed attorney and holds a Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School.