Its not meaningless, you keep saying stuff like this thats just fundamentally untrue
Of course there is a 3rd party, the fencing contractor, there could be more.
One thing that would go in OPs favour is the time. Why would a reasonable person take a month to have a problem with the fence?
Verbal contracts are almost impossible to enforce that is why nobody uses them. Its in writing or prepare for expensive legal battle over a fence. You would think if the OP had the neighbour agree in front of the contractor or any number of other witnesses then he would have mentioned it.
He says a few weeks, that is not unreasonable.
Thanks for the advice all
its inches not feet!
This pic shows how much the fence needs moving by. After the move the fence post would be an inch or two to the left so its edge lines up with the edge of the brick work if that makes sense.
I'm sticking with removal plan I think - it doesn't sound like we can be forced into paying the cost of moving it if we don't want to from what everyone's said.
(And yes - new paving for that path is on my lockdown to do list )
Edits in response to some of the q's:
- Pipe is water pipe - comes onto property about 2.5 ft down between the brick post and the path shown above
- Have legal cover on home insurance, but don't think I want to consider going that way tbh
- Yes the hedge took up a lot of space, it would would intrude on the path even when well trimmed. Neighbour has probably gained 1-2ft back on their side (they use their side as parking).
Have you seen a copy of the boundaries from the land registry?
Thats crazy that they are moaning about that really. Not like they can even do anything with the extra 1.5 inches they'd gain.