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Property line / fence problems
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wanda brown    Posted 08-03-2002 at 19:23:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
okay....neighbors fence adjoins my property and I have 11 goats....neighbor complaining my goats are tearing her fence up....will hire a question is: how far from the property line to I have to go to put my fence up?

p.s. giving away

Pearl and Peter    Posted 07-25-2003 at 12:31:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife and I have been living in the same house of over 17 years. Over 4 years ago a new neighbor has moved into the house next to us. There is an old wire fence between the 2 properties that has been there since 1926. Back in 1987 I added a wood fence close to the road to match the wood fence that I built across the front of my property.
Now, just this week, the "neighbors from hell" are claiming that my fence is on their property, 6 feet. They are rude and have threaten my wife verbally when I'm not home and at work to tear down our fence. I try to talk with them and all they can do is yell and scream that it's their property - even with the sheriff standing there.
We live in northern California in west Marin county which is un-incorporated. My wife is now spending most of her time at the county of Marin getting plot maps and past surveys done by the county to prove to them it's our property.
My wife has been in tears for the last 5 days every night I get home from work becasue of the threats from the "neighbors from hell". If I go over to their house and try to talk to the "man of the house" he says I'm harassing him and he'll call the sheriff - they hang up on me when I call and try to talk with them. My wife and I just don't understand it. We have been very nice to them since they moved in and now their just the "neighbors from hell".

Is there anyone out there that could give us some good advise on how to handle this situation?

Willy-N    Posted 08-04-2002 at 19:00:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I put stakes in every so often on my line then set the fence back so I could mow on both sides of it. That way The fence was my problem and I take care of it. Just define your line and you should be OK. I also have fences in side the middle of my place that dose not mean the neibor owns the land on the other side. Mark H.

Dave    Posted 08-04-2002 at 10:15:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Be Carefull about putting a fence inside you property line. After so many years the neighbor can claim that land by adverse possession.

Carol Little    Posted 07-18-2003 at 18:42:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Help!. Fence put up in 1967 paid for by Father, 3 previous neighbors no problem. New neighbor now is complaining about tree branches over her yard and now has hired a surveryer and states that fence is 12 inches on her property. Has told them they have 72 hours to remove it or she will remove it at their expense.

Don in OKo    Posted 08-04-2002 at 08:26:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well I am fencing and cross fencing 40 acres right now. Part of the land was fenced on the property line when I bought it. I have honored the gentlemenís agreement to maintain the right side of that fence. I am also putting up diamond V pipe horse fence on my other three sides. My opinion is if the other property owners will not share in the expense of the fence. (I recommended one half of materials because I would supply all the labor) put the fence about 2 feet inside your property line. That way you can always take it down move it or whatever. Because it is all on your property. It solved a lot of problems for me.


Jamo    Posted 08-04-2002 at 06:04:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't know if this helps or not, but we purchased our house from a federal court judge. He stated that in the country this is the way the fence laws go. "Stand in the middle of your property, everything to the right(fence wise) is your responsibility, and everything to the left, your neighbors." Makes sense to me, and he also said that it would hold up in a court of law.

pam    Posted 10-02-2005 at 14:27:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we live in a platted area with appx. 35 houses but our house backs up to farm fence that a woman has dairy cows but she doesn't use the old farm fence because has installed eletric fence along the old fence now she wants us to pay half of the cost of having a new fence installed even though we have no livestock or use the fence she also said we have to go with what ever kind of fence she wants and with the installer she chooses and we are to pay half is there any laws or articles that can help us out so we don not have to comply with all of her demands
pam from ohio

Ron/Pa    Posted 08-04-2002 at 03:59:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Wanda, that will depend on your local laws.Here in PA. each municipality has its own laws. Check with you local zoning and code office and they should be able to tell you.

BOSS    Posted 08-03-2002 at 21:43:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I bought our property and started building our house, the new neighbor came over and asked where the property line was. I said I wasn't sure I just asked for corner rods to be put in for the survey. Well she was real snotty and short with me, but me being the new person in the "neighborhood" I was being nice no matter what she said. I told her that I would guess the line went right up the hedgerow between our properties. She said she thinks so too, but she is going to get a surveyor out and stake the line every 10 ft. so she can plant trees so she can have some privacy.since thats why she moved out in the country anyways, mind you, theres about 1/2 mile between our houses.
So she goes and gets the survey, and guess what..... the line went about 50 ft. into her pasture, hehehehehehehehe. she never said a word to me again. AND the 300 trees she planted..... the deer ate almost all of them. Go figure.

Hogman    Posted 08-04-2002 at 19:02:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Granpap allways said "He who laughs last laughs best"......

BOSS    Posted 08-03-2002 at 21:45:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
PS. that was last year, we've become pretty good neighbors now.

Lew    Posted 08-03-2002 at 20:08:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Which state are you in? In Wisconsin, the fence goes on the property line and half is maintained by each party. State law tells what is acceptable as a legal fence. In a city you might put your fence on your side of the lot line but not in the country.

DeadCarp    Posted 08-03-2002 at 20:04:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Depends on how much land you're talking about. I'd run a fenceline thru the woods about 6 feet inside where i thought the line was, but backyards could be cut closer. If neighbors share the fencing, try for the exact line.

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