Which garden fence is on my property and should I share the cost with my neighbor?

GARDEN maintenance can be a daunting task, especially if you need to navigate replacing your fence.

You may be confused as to whether or not you should rush in and spend money on a fence that might actually belong to your neighbor.

A good fence will last up to 10 years


A good fence will last up to 10 yearsCredit: Alamy

Which garden fence is on my property?

You may have heard that the fence you own is always the one on the left hand side.

Others are asked to follow the rule that it is on the right, which adds to the confusion.

In reality, there are no universal rules about which fence is yours.

Often you can tell which side is facing you – if you have the nice side the fence is owned by your neighbor.

In general, you should always position the fence facing away from your property and leaning towards the supports for yourself.

If everyone follows this rule then each asset will have a good side and a bad side.

You can get double sided fence panels to avoid this aesthetic problem.

If you’re still struggling, you can look at the Land Registry’s plans for your home and check the boundaries.

You may see a ‘T’, this means the boundary is your responsibility – if it’s an ‘H’ this indicates shared responsibility.

Should I share costs with my neighbors?

There is no legal obligation to share the cost of building a new fence.

If you want to replace the fence on your property, your neighbor doesn’t need to pay anything for it.

Your neighbors may ask you to replace your fence and offer to pay some money for it but they don’t have to.

In general, the best course of action is to talk to your neighbour.

If you both agree on something, this can save future arguments.

Can I put up a fence without my neighbor’s permission?

You cannot put a fence on a neighbor’s property without permission.

If it is your fence on your side of the boundary that needs replacing, no permission is required.

With that said, it’s polite to inform them of it, after all, they will lose their privacy for a short while.

If the fence you want to replace is on a neighbor’s property, you should ask them if they would be willing to change the fence.

In most cases, if you think the fence is tired and possibly damaged they will do the same and you can come to an agreement.

But if they don’t want to replace it, you can erect your own fence within your property.

This will cover the other fence but will mean both running backwards along the boundary. Which garden fence is on my property and should I share the cost with my neighbor?

Bobby Allyn

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