A neighbour has a massive gum tree (about 200ft) in small backyard.
It sheds thousands of leaves into my pool, throughout the garden and lawns and blocks up the gutters, preventing rainwater flowing through to the tanks unless the gutters are cleared out every few days.
I've written a very polite letter, explaining the difficulties, and asking for at least some of the height of the tree to be reduced, offering to contribute to the cost. No answer.
Went to the Justice Dept and asked them to set up a mediation. They attempted to do this with two letters to the tree owner. Likewise no reply.
Nothing more they can do.
This morning when I walked past on the way home, the owner was in the front of the house so I politely asked if I could speak with her. She just walked away.
In case someone suggests poisoning the tree, that's out of the question because (a) the owner would assume I had done it, and (b) there is no way of getting access as they are home all the time and have a very noisy and vicious dog.
There is a law which says no homeowner/property may interfere with another homeowner's right to enjoy their property. To get this enforced would - I'm advised by a lawyer - require applying to the District Court in Brisbane, and the employing of a barrister (!) at a cost of not less than $10,000.
Sounds completely ridiculous, and I'd run the risk of not getting costs awarded if the case was unsuccessful.
Has anyone had a similar situation ?
Any suggestions of anything more that we can do?