Gardening can be a daunting task, especially if you need to replace your fence.
It can be confusing to know if you should spend money on a fence that actually belongs to your neighbor.
Which garden fence belongs to my property?
You may have heard that the fence you have is always on the left.
Others are told to follow the principle that it is on the right side, which increases confusion.
In fact, there is no general rule as to which fence is yours.
Often you can tell which side you are facing – if you have a good side the fence belongs to your neighbor.
In general, you should always place the fence in front of your property and take the side with support for yourself.
If everyone follows this principle, every property will have a good and a bad side.
You can get double fence panels to avoid this aesthetic problem.
If you are still struggling, you can check the land registry plans for your home and check the boundary line.
You can see the ‘T’ sign, which means that the limit is your responsibility – if it is ‘H’ then it indicates shared responsibility.
Should I share the cost with my neighbor?
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 does not have to pay anything for it.
Your neighbor may be asking you to change your fence and offer to pay for it but they do not have to.
The best course of action is to talk to your neighbor.
If you both agree on something, it could save arguments in the future.
Can I build a fence without my neighbor’s permission?
You cannot erect a fence on your neighbor’s property without permission.
If this is your fence towards your boundary that needs to be replaced then permission is not required.
That being said, it is polite to inform them about this, eventually they will lose their privacy for a while.
If the fence you want to replace is on your neighbors’ property, you should ask them if they are willing to replace it.
In most cases if you think the fence is tired and possibly broken they will do it and you can come to an agreement.
But if they don’t want to change it, you can put up your own fence inside your property line.
This will cover the other fence but it will mean that both will run backwards along the boundary.