A MAN called his neighbor when he cut down only half of the hedge in their shared garden in what appeared to be a “small” dispute.
In a video uploaded to TikTok, BJ Nash shows off the garden before zooming in on a half-cut hedge, saying: “My neighbor is short as a f*ck.”
He said the situation was a “joke”.
Tiktokar further explained that the reason his fence was not cut was not because he was lazy, and insisted that he usually pays a gardener to mow his lawn.
However, his video, which initially had comments disabled after it was published, divided opinion.
User april99sho seemed suspicious of meanness in neighbor’s behavior, questioning: “Really?”.
User hiuser3796822374950, meanwhile, commented: “oh he closed his comments wants to complain and doesn’t want people to comment because he can’t take the heat [sic],
Overgrown hedges are a common source of neighbor disputes.
A hedge usually becomes a problem when it becomes unruly, when roots begin to spread, or it becomes too high.
You allowed to trim Any branches or roots that enter your property from a neighbor’s property or public road.
But you can only trim what’s yours.
If you disagree with your neighbors about their defense, there are steps you can take to resolve the situation.
is a useful first port of call Government Guidance on Hedge HeightsWhich rules out when garden growth has gotten out of control.
The term “high hedge” was defined in the Anti-Social Practices Act 2003 as a hedge higher than 2 meters high.
The law also defines a defense as “constituted wholly or principally by a line of two or more evergreens”.
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Homeowners should first use this guidance before engaging lawyers.
It said: “Where you think a hedge is too tall and affects the ‘proper’ enjoyment of your home or garden, the first step is to have a conversation with your neighbors.
“Keep a copy of any letters to demonstrate that you have tried.”
If this fails, you can contact your local council to inquire about using a higher defense law.
You can find your local council using the Gov.uk website.
There is no guarantee that your council will intervene, and there is a fee for making a complaint, usually £400, to prevent frivolous applications.
Your local authority will consider and decide the cases of both the parties.
If the Council accepts your complaint, it will issue a notice to cut the hedge to the requested height by a specified time frame.
Councils have the power to fine homeowners up to £1,000 if they refuse to comply with orders to cut back the hedges.
But the neighbor is also able to appeal against the decision.
Even if the defense is within legal height, your neighbor is responsible for maintaining it so it doesn’t damage your property.
According to Citizen Advice, you are able to trim back any overgrown portions of the hedge that are covering your own border.
But don’t be tempted to trim down the entire hedge—if you’re cutting it back you should also check if it’s protected by a tree protection order,
If the problem cannot be resolved, there is also the option of seeking legal advice and taking your neighbor to court, but this can be costly.