I live in a ground floor flat in Scotland. The shared garden next door has a massive 4 floor high tree that blocks out all the light to my living room and, I imagine, most people's light in the two adjacent flats. The only practical option seems to be to remove the whole thing. The gardens are unmaintained and messy so I can't imagine anyone will really care.
Anyway, there are 16 flats next door (4 small flats per floor!). I buzzed and rang every flat to collect signatures of permission from owners and phone numbers of landlords. Only 2 people answered their doors to give me landlord contact details. I've emailed one landlord and another agreed by to the work over the phone.
Does anyone have a practical way to get the legal permission needed to remove this tree?
I'm planning to put a poster up at the flat main door asking for people to txt me their landlords number and post a similar letter in all the doors. Getting anything more than an over-the-phone verbal agreement from a landlord is very hard though. One lived in Australia. Is over-the-phone OK? Should I get them to send an email? Beg them to send me a letter? How can I convince a tree cutter that I have legal permission?
Also, I spoke to some people in planning and they said I just need to get permission from the majority of the home owners (unless someone's deeds say they get more of the garden than others). Should I just cut the tree if I can't get anymore than, say, 9 agreements?
When I started door to door, I was going to ask for donations towards the £700 cost of the tree but, with the practicalities of collecting money, it doesn't even seem worth asking.
There must be an equivalent way of doing this for Scotland -
looks like the right place.
good luck - let us know how you get on.
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