How do we deal with overhanging trees in our garden?

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

My neighbour’s pear tree is encroaching my small garden, blocking out the sun. I also wonder how big the roots are as it’s close to our house. He’s a tricky character and we don’t get on. Do I reason with him or just hack back branches? What are my rights?

Do you have a problem readers could solve? Email your suggestions to [email protected] or write to us at Money, The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU

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