The answer: Fence ownership is determined by where your fence lays on the property line. If your fence is right on the property line between your neighbor’s property and your property, neither you nor your neighbor owns a side; it’s a shared fence responsibility.
Which side of the fence do you own?
There is no general rule about whether you own the fence on the left-hand or right-hand side of your property. So forget any ‘rules’ you’ve heard previously that state otherwise – not everyone will own the left-hand side of their fence.
Who owns a fence between two houses?
When looking at the plans, the ownership is indicated by a “T” marked on the plans on one side of a boundary. If the “T” is written on your side of the boundary, you’re responsible for maintaining it. If there’s an H (although actually it’s two joined Ts) the boundary is the joint responsibility of both parties.
How do you find out who owns a fence?
The transfer or conveyance deed might state who owns it, but if it’s not in writing, then look out for any T-mark to the boundaries. The stalk of the ‘T’ will sit on the boundary and come out into your garden or property, which means that fence is your responsibility.
How do you tell if a fence is yours or neighbors?
The best way to determine whether a fence is yours or not is by examining where it falls on the property line. If the fence is placed on your side of the property line between your house and your neighbor’s, the fence is yours.
Who is responsible for fences between properties?
The owner of the fence is usually responsible for maintaining the fence. However, this is not always the case. The owner may wish to have the side without the posts – the best side – facing their garden and erect the fence and the posts entirely within their own garden.
How much space do you need between neighbors fences?
Fences are typically built between 2 and 8 inches from the line between properties. Some areas will allow the building of fences directly on the property line, but in this case, you’ll have to cooperate with your neighbor and potentially share the cost of the fence.
Can I take my fence down without Neighbours permission?
It is important to know that your neighbours are not legally obliged to fix or replace a fence, unless it is causing a safety issue. … You can do this alongside your neighbours existing fence, as long as it is on your private property and inside your boundary.
What are the rules on boundary fences?
As a rule of thumb, the outer face of the fence should be placed along the boundary. The posts should stand on your land. Of course, there are plenty of types of fencing, and where you should position your fence can change depending on the style you choose.
What can I do if my Neighbour won’t repair his fence?
If the fence is in such a state that it presents a danger and the neighbour refuses to make any repairs, you can report the problem to your local council. The council can take enforcement action to force the neighbour to put matters right, but this is a time-consuming process that can take months or even years.
What is the 7 year boundary rule?
The Seven Year Rule
So for example, if you complain to the local planning authority about your neighbour doing something on their land that you don’t like, if they’ve been doing it for seven years or more you might not have any luck stopping it.