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imageHi, to every one,I have a problem with one of my neighbours, Fences can i stain the side of fences which panel faces in to my garden. The problem is that we do not talk to neighbours, or should i say they do not talk to any one. I would not like to stain the panel, if i was doing some thing wrong, in the eyes of the law. i do hope some one can give me some advices on this matter

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  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    As far as I know, if the panel was put up by your neighbours they can complain if you do anything to it, including pin plants to it. I would presume it's the same if you stain it.

  • Dan2012Dan2012 Posts: 22

    Have a read of this, taken from boundary problems website, hope this helps.

    Fences as supports: Can I hang things on my neighbour's fence?
    Fences as supports: Can I use my neighbour's fence as a support for my own plants?
    Fences, appearance of: Can I paint my side of my neighbour's fence?

    Only if your neighbour gives you permission to do so.

    Leaning things against your neighbour's fence, hanging things on your neighbour's fence, even using your neighbour's fence as a makeshift retaining wall, will place a much heavier burden on the fence panels and supporting posts than they were designed to bear. The consequences of such actions are easy enough to predict and you will be liable for the cost of any repairs. On top of that you will still have to do, and pay for, the work that you did incorrectly and which resulted in the damage to your neighbour's fence.

    In short, anything you do to your neighbour's fence without your neighbour's permission
    - including staining, painting or applying preservative to your side of your neighbour's fence -
    amounts to criminal damage.

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    Is the panel in the confines of the boundary fence that divides both your gardens or is a replacement boundary fence. If its inside the confines of their garden, you cannot as it's their property. But if its a boundary fence, possibly....but I'm not a 100%.

    Just shout over the fence one nice evening - hey, can I stain this side of fence ( listen to their response) cheers !!

    Not sure, if this is of much use....

  • Dan2012Dan2012 Posts: 22

    That`s the important bit, who actually owns the fence?, it`s position in relation to the legal boundary, it`s worth finding out before you do anything at all really.

  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892
    Alina W wrote (see)

    ...if the panel was put up by your neighbours...


    Dan2012 wrote (see)

    That`s the important bit, who actually owns the fence?...

    Perhaps you already know that it's not your fence, hence your question.

    But as a general rule of thumb, the owner of the fence is the owner on the side on which the fencing posts lie. So if the fencing posts are on your side of the fence, it should be your fence and you can do what you like with it; and conversely.

    More about fence ownership (including the rule of thumb) here:

    Who Owns My Fence

  • jatnikapyarjatnikapyar Posts: 419

    I can tell you from first hand experience that you have NO right even to touch your neighbours fence, especially as you indicate that they are not normal neighbours!!

    So, let it be, they are within the LAW to verbally abuse you over the issue.

    By the way, the police will NOT help you even if they make your life hell ("'s a domestic issue madam...")

    So beware! Keep well away, life's too short. Just enjoy your garden.

    Good luck.

  • marshmellomarshmello Posts: 683

    How about putting your own fencing up within the confines of your garden at the same height - should only take a few inches away. This way it saves all the hassle and you'll be able to stain it.

    I know this is not answering your question, but its a way round the problem.

    Anything for an easy life, i say !!

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    I know it is correct, but how do you fix panels to fence posts if the posts are nearer you?  Surely it's easier to fix panels if the posts are away from you?  It has always puzzled me.

  • Dan2012Dan2012 Posts: 22
    Welshonion wrote (see)

    I know it is correct, but how do you fix panels to fence posts if the posts are nearer you?  Surely it's easier to fix panels if the posts are away from you?  It has always puzzled me.

    I can only speak for myself, I have never used this rule of thumb with standard panels, I am sure it`s easier with vertical boards and arris rail etc. I have always placed posts just inside the boundary and attatched panels from my side, easier to avoid conflicts, maintain and replace.

  • As previous posters have already pointed out, you need to know whose fence it actually is!  Garden boundaries are usually indicated on house plans/deeds etc.  If you look at a site plan there may be T-shaped markers shown on it.  A bit like this: __________T___________.  The owner of the land on which the T shape "sits" (i.e. here it's above the line shown) is responsible for/owns the boundary. It's unlikely that the owner of a garden is responsible for all the boundary fencing, especially if the property is one with neighbouring gardens e.g. a house in a row of similar properties.  It's likely, in that case, that one side and perhaps the rear boundary fence is the responsibility of the owner of the garden - less likely that the garden owner is responsible for all boundaries.


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