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So moved into this place in 2013 and plan on staying here at least another 15 years, if not until The End. That said, I have a fence that divides my back yard and my neighbors. Well, it is starting to fail, and my neighbors have been asking me for the last few years to fix it. In typical Chunkah fashion, I have blown it off except for a few minor repairs. Had some time this week and decided to try to right 6 of the posts. Their leaning towards the neighbors yard and I figured they weren't cemented in place. So I took about an hour of time to produce some 4" wide x 3' long PT wedges that I thought I could just work into the ground on their side of the fence to level them, then just cut off the remainder figuring it would get me 5 more years before a full replacement was necessary. Turns out the posts are set in concrete, but those footings are loose and shifting, so a full removal and reset is in order. Anyway, spoke to my other bordering neighbor who is 95 and has been here since the dawn of time, and she tells.me the owners before my rear neighbors put the fence up. It is not my fence, and I bet they know it. So now what do I do? The wife in the house behind me is a live wire, a real piece of work, and her ire may not be good. I recently priced a major remodel for her, and she chose to go another route (FINE by me), but she did it all un-permitted and kinda gave me **** for being too expensive. What do I do? My inclination is to get pricing and tell them to split the cost with us, but part of me wants to tell them to handle it themselves. I have a recent plot plan to back me up in terms of property lines, but at the same time do.I want the lasting bull**** that will come from it? They were also good enough not to put up a stink when we needed a variance a few years ago to expand our kitchen and add a 2 story addition....what say you?

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Their fence, their problem.

Better get an affidavit from 95 year old before they croak.

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4 mins ago, Chunkah said:

So moved into this place in 2013 and plan on staying here at least another 15 years, if not until The End. That said, I have a fence that divides my back yard and my neighbors. Well, it is starting to fail, and my neighbors have been asking me for the last few years to fix it. In typical Chunkah fashion, I have blown it off except for a few minor repairs. Had some time this week and decided to try to right 6 of the posts. Their leaning towards the neighbors yard and I figured they weren't cemented in place. So I took about an hour of time to produce some 4" wide x 3' long PT wedges that I thought I could just work into the ground on their side of the fence to level them, then just cut off the remainder figuring it would get me 5 more years before a full replacement was necessary. Turns out the posts are set in concrete, but those footings are loose and shifting, so a full removal and reset is in order. Anyway, spoke to my other bordering neighbor who is 95 and has been here since the dawn of time, and she tells.me the owners before my rear neighbors put the fence up. It is not my fence, and I bet they know it. So now what do I do? The wife in the house behind me is a live wire, a real piece of work, and her ire may not be good. I recently priced a major remodel for her, and she chose to go another route (FINE by me), but she did it all un-permitted and kinda gave me **** for being too expensive. What do I do? My inclination is to get pricing and tell them to split the cost with us, but part of me wants to tell them to handle it themselves. I have a recent plot plan to back me up in terms of property lines, but at the same time do.I want the lasting bull**** that will come from it? They were also good enough not to put up a stink when we needed a variance a few years ago to expand our kitchen and add a 2 story addition....what say you?

Was there a permit for the fence?

Is it on the neighbor's land.

I would do nothing if it's their fence

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If you prefer a fence then working with them makes sense.

If you don't care.....it's on them.

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4 mins ago, R.R. Bridge Fisher said:

Was there a permit for the fence?

Is it on the neighbor's land.

I would do nothing if it's their fence

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it is. Our lot is elevated above theirs and the fence is down on their property,  and the fence that abuts my 95 year old neighbors property matches the one that abuts mine. Clearly their fence, but they are playing it like it's mine.

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Just now, Chunkah said:

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it is. Our lot is elevated above theirs and the fence is down on their property,  and the fence that abuts my 95 year old neighbors property matches the one that abuts mine. Clearly their fence, but they are playing it like it's mine.

Let it fall on their property 

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If it's on their property I would not touch it.

 

That said if keeping the peace is a primary concern for you ask if they want to split the costs of repair/replace.

 

If they refuse tell them it's your fence on your property it's your problem.

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37 mins ago, ken r said:

If you prefer a fence then working with them makes sense.

If you don't care.....it's on them.

I'd put my whole stack on B). :th:

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How long is the fence? And how big a bill are you looking at? That's the key factor here. 


If you can get a new fence for two grand or less, I think I'd be willing to offer to split the cost. A grand might be worth it to keep the peace. 

 

Anything more than that, eff em all. I don't care if my neighbors don't like me -- in, fact, I think I prefer that, as long as their enmity ensures that they leave me alone. 

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Fence panel and post costs have doubled in the last year.

Tell your neighbor to blow it out their ass. 

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1 min ago, Sparky said:

Fence panel and post costs have doubled in the last year.

Tell your neighbor to blow it out their ass. 

When we put in the fence for are hounds, I was shocked -- shocked!! -- at how expensive fences can be. The fancy metal stuff, tall wrought iron and all that, can be as much as $20 or $25 per lineal foot -- and that's just for material. Throw in the labor and you're looking at yuge dollars.  

 

Telling someone to blow it out their ass is always sound advice, though. :th:

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tell them you had a survey and, unfortunately, the fence is on their property. But out of an abundance of neighborly good will you will cover 25% of the cost.  3 bids, you get approval :)

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