It is surprising that there are many people who do not know where the precise edges of their property boundaries are.
Sometimes boundaries are lost because the property has changed hands over the years. You cannot just assume that the boundary is consistent with the existing fences that are surrounding it.
The basis of many disputes between neighbours is the exact location of the boundary of a property, or the perceived belief that a neighbour is encroaching on your property, either knowingly, or unknowingly.
In general the boundary fence belongs to both owners, and if necessary can be checked by a surveyor.
If a new fence needs to be erected, or an old one needs to be repaired, the cost should be split equally between the two neighbours. Both property owners have a responsibility to keep the fence in good condition, and neither neighbour is allowed to remove the fence without the permission of the other neighbour.
There are some basic rules which apply to boundary fences.
If you wish to remove or replace an existing wall or fence, it is very important to first consult with the neighbour. Never attach anything to a fence without consulting with the neighbour.
The same applies if you wish to raise the fence/wall for more security, e.g. attaching lattice to the fencing.
Always talk to your neighbour about anything pertaining the boundary fence/wall. Ask for any agreement to be given in writing.
Should your neighbour be difficult and refuse to do their share, it is always best to first seek legal advice.
Talking to your neighbour is the best way, and will prevent any hostilities and unpleasantness.
As we have said before: Good fences make for good neighbours.
Should you wish to erect a new wall or fence, or raise and existing one, please feel free to contact us and speak to one of our highly trained consultants. They will be able to advise you on what would be your best option.
Or contact us for a free quotation today.