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Neighbour fence issue

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by BongoHunter, 1 Nov 2020.

  1. BongoHunter

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Apr 2014

    Posts: 2,407

    Location: West London

    Ha - Well it's still there, going to be removing the panels this weekend. Then going to have the neighbour confirm they are happy to wait a few weeks for the guys who put it in to come back and remove the posts.

    Fortunately we already have the same guys coming back to fit a new side gate we have on order, and to replace 3 old panels in the fence at the rear around an old substation thats against one of our boundaries. Just going to be a few weeks until they are free unfortunately.

    Latest neighbour news is that they are thinking about selling the house - it's not due to the fence issue, they want to downsize (I think they'd be sane to leave the fence if really selling - will not look good with nothing there!).
  2. Mercenary Keyboard Warrior


    Joined: 4 Aug 2007

    Posts: 13,396

    Location: Wilds of suffolk

    I said earlier I had a feeling the change of heart was in regards a potential issue on sale (potential boundary dispute)

    Why not say to them you could both agree in writing that the fence should stay and you will engage with the new owners if they sell.
    Then you offer the new owners the same deal, leave fence, remove fence, or they can replace at their own cost

    People coming to view wont know about the 1.5" so they wont feel they have lost it, they bought it and viewed it where it is now. Once later on they find out the vast vast majority of reasonable people will go "nah leave it there"
  3. BongoHunter

    Wise Guy

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    Location: West London

    Have already spoken to them about this, offered to do anything needed to ensure no issue at sale such as selling them the fence, having some paperwork drawn up etc. They are not interested and only appear open to moving it as part of it all unfortunately.
  4. Dave85


    Joined: 18 Jan 2004

    Posts: 9,015

    Location: Sunny Scotland

    Thanks for the update and I hope they do move as they sound like total morons in my view. I do not want a lovely new fence thanks :confused:

    Hopefully your fence guys wont charge you to much as they can probably reuse the panels.
  5. fish


    Joined: 28 Sep 2003

    Posts: 789

    Location: Loughborough

    Sounds like the ideal opportunity to take the fence out and put an old sofa along the boundary. :)
  6. SpeedFreak


    Joined: 14 Nov 2002

    Posts: 7,218

    Location: Under the Hill

    Neighbours sound like complete morons unfortunately. Makes me glad that my neighbour and I built our fence and wall together.
  7. OldKitMan


    Joined: 18 Apr 2020

    Posts: 362

    maybe it's the risk of something coming up on a survey that is spooking them and hindering the sale of the house. That's fair enough although I'm not sure if it's something that would be picked up at all on any sort of survey so they are probably just being a bit panicky.

    Nice fence BTW.
  8. GeX


    Joined: 17 Dec 2002

    Posts: 6,496

    Location: Manchester

    Leave the fence, and hint you'll fall out with them about - don't they need to declare that if they're selling?
  9. chaparral


    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 23,065

    Location: Guernsey

    Move your nice fence over onto your side and screw coloured pallets to the back of the fence that faces your neighbours property :p:p:p

  10. The_Arbiter

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Jul 2019

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    Have only just read this thread. And wow. I'd probably store the panels myself then wait for new owners. Though i liked the chicken wire suggestion, that made me laugh. Proper council house level :p
  11. Burned_Alive


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 11,696

    Location: Cheshire

    Hold on. - They’re selling up, who cares what they think? You’ve been reasonable, leave the fence and tell them to raise a boundary dispute if they’ve got an issue.
  12. rodders

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 14 Dec 2004

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    OP is being so much nicer than I would.
    Maybe I'm old and grumpy, but they just seem to be annoying for no reason and that would wind me up no end.
  13. HungryHippos


    Joined: 25 Mar 2004

    Posts: 10,248

    Location: Fareham

    If you hadn't asked them and just built it on their side of the boundary I'd be on their side.

    But you did ask them, and the fence looks good. I think you're in the right OP.

    Survey will show boundary line at fence but not down to the inch, doubt if they sold that it would ever be picked up.
  14. 2004typer

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    I reckon as well due to the fence being left of centre on the brick column (towards your side), a surveyor would likely make the assumption that it's on your side and actually to the favour of the neighbouring house (i.e. a fence owned fully by you and erected on your land, with the boundary actually being the neighbours face of the fence, rather than the centre of the new fence posts).