Bullied over fence repairing responsibilities – READERS QUESTIONMake Text Bigger
I own the left hand half of a semi detached property. In the row all right hand properties own the right hand fence, the middle fence is jointly owned and the left hand fence is then the right hand fence of the next property if you see what I mean.
All ownerships are clearly marked with a T, or with 2 Ts for joint ownership. I have a very long left hand fence because the house is at the end of a cul-de-sac. The first third of the fence backs onto a detached property the owner says it is his fence and has replaced it twice since he has lived there. The next two sections are behind a pair of semis. The middle section is adamantly owned by the half of the semi in front of it and a previous owner replaced it and there was some issue of a few inches (prior to my purchase of my property), so he also knows he owns this Third. The owner of the last section is adamant that the final third is jointly owned and is demanding I pay for replacement fencing of his choice. I have shown him my deeds, showing lack of ownership T all along the length. He says these marks are meaningless and in discussions he has had with his solicitor and land surveyor – who is a legal witness, the courts would consider that we were owners in common. The problem is that my deeds diagram ends at the fence and thus do not show his ownership marks.
He has a property maintenance company so his men will do the work and I will pay for the materials. His property is rented out but according to my tenant they have no contract and pays in cash. I am feeling bullied. I have asked him to down load his deeds but he says they are not detailed enough and is refusing to replace the fence which has collapsed.
A diagram is definitely worth a thousand words!
The sum he is demanding is not great, cheaper than going to court but that is not the point.
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