my new neighbor has asked us to sign a permission letter to let him cut branches off several of our large trees. we have lived here for 20 years and have continually improved our property. the neighbor said he doesn't like picking branches up after there have been high winds. after these winds it might take me a minute or two to pick up what has actually fallen. however, we have statues and fencing and our wood burning oven just to mention a few things that could potentially be destroyed if these limbs came down the wrong way. not to mention the privacy issue. though we have 2 acres the land is behind us. we are in very close proximity on the sides. we have planted our yard to give us as much privacy as possible. by removing these branches the neighbor would then be able to stand on his porch and look directly into our property. we have explained all of this as nicely as possible. however he seems determined to go forward. yesterday i noticed that he hammered nails all along our fence so he could hang party lights. this knocked down 6 slats on my fence and loosened quit a few more. he never asked permission to do any of this. whenever he has any work done he hires the cheapest help he can find so i am sure whomever he has hired to do the trimming is uninsured. good grief...urban living can be a real pain. if anyone has had these experiences i would love to hear your advice.