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Neighbor to connect fence to my existing fence wit
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Wes    Posted 05-24-2004 at 10:56:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello everyone,

Today, my neighbor is putting up fence and connecting to my existing fence. We live in townhouse so we are side by side.

Is it me or before a neighbor connects his fence to mine the neighbor should ask before he connects it.

I spent $1200.00 to have this fence put up and he is going to connect it and save him a bunch of $$ on my account.

My question is :

Should the neighbor pay for the shared section of fence (about 50 ft of fence). It cost me about $10.00/ft to install. So I am expecting $250.00.

Honestly, only if they ask I would probably only ask to $125.00 or I might even just say go ahead and connect it dont worry about the money.

I do not have any issues with the neighbor, until now.

Am I legally supposed to receive some sort of payment? or does neighbor have to ask before connecting?


Thanks! Wes

ret    Posted 05-24-2004 at 11:35:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
inn Ca neighbor has to pay half to replace a fence. However, as it is a new fence he must be just connecting to a corner of yours.Right?
In VA a man just got killed over an argument over a fence. There too, a fence is shared responsibilty. In a TH, there must be a HOA to settle these things, don't know, but if there is one, that is the place to find out

Clipper    Posted 05-24-2004 at 11:02:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Common sense dictates that he should ask first before connecting.....because he has not I'd say having a fence between you is a good idea. Don't hurt none to ask for payment either being as how yer saving him a bunch of money.If you think it is really a legal issue you should be calling yer attorney. :^)

J B    Posted 05-24-2004 at 11:43:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
The neighbor shouldn't connect to your fence without permission. Some do just that, if the fence owner decides to keep quiet. Possibly, he doesn't realize the commonsense rules, and I should think it would be neighborly to point it out to him. At that point, you can either tell him what you want to charge him, or opt to let it go.

Also, he can put up a corner post near your post and just have a little gap in the fence, unless his aim is to keep tiny animals in his yard. I have seen that done when the person didn't choose to share the cost of the fence.

Whichever way you go, no fence is worth the hard feelings that can surface. Let me add, if this is something that will continue to bother you, a common thing, I think you should speak out and get it settled. That is what I would do, regardless of whether or not I collected a penny from him.

Husker    Posted 05-24-2004 at 11:52:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Generally, in a townhome, you only own only the ground that your unit sits on and everything else ic "common area", a shared ownership with the association. Anything erected in the common area, thus, would belong to the association. Better check with your bylaws and covenants for clarifacation.

J B    Posted 05-24-2004 at 12:25:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Makes sense! The reference to 'townhouse' slipped by my feeble brain. Am not familiar with rules for townhouses, never having even visited one, but have been a bystander, watching private home 'fence fights'in the suburbs.

Agreed, looks like the right thing to do is speak to managment. (or City Hall.) J B

Bill in TN    Posted 05-24-2004 at 14:45:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't worry about it! This is really a small problem and isn't worth making a fuss about. Good fences make good neighbors! You both might live there for some time, and good neighbor relations will make both your lives easier in the long run. Don't sweat the small stuff! If your really worried about your fence, offer to help him tie in. Good neighbors are a blessing, but it takes one to get neighbor just got divorced...I sure miss him...we both helped each other alot when we needed an extra pair of hands.......just my 2 cents....

cowlady    Posted 05-24-2004 at 16:23:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Look up your State Dept. of Ag. A bunch of states especially out west, have fence laws. (We all argue about tree lines around here.)

But in a perfect world, your neighbor would invite discussion, whereby you could bring up the costs and he would happily hand over a wad of cash and invite you over for BBQ. But, that's a perfect world! If he's a good guy, I'd probably let it go. Good Luck either way!

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