Do I Need A Boundary Fence?
I had a fence at the bottom of my garden which separated my garden from my rear neighbour. A Few months ago the neighbour built a new fence inside his garden up against the one that we shared - he did this after he consulted us and we didn’t object. For a while we had two fences. However, then storms came and I had to take down the original fence (the one which was on ‘our side’) - which left only his new one. I thought nothing of this, I still had a fence at the end of my garden (even though it was the one he put up - and he still had his new one).
Then… I received a snooty letter from the neighbour telling me that I had to rebuild the fence as I had removed the boundary between our properties and had consequently extended the length of my garden by 40ft in removing the boundary. He has demanded that I re-fence on my side of his new fence to re-establish the property boundaries.
I have contested this. I don’t want to put up a fence (perhaps more so because he thinks he can ‘demand’ that I do); I had to remove the old one as it was unsafe. It’s pure coincidence that he chose to build a new one ‘his side’.
My Questions is this – Do I actually need a physical barrier to mark a boundary? I agree there is a boundary, I haven’t ‘removed’ it, only the fence, the boundary is still there. But do I really have to put up another fence just to show whereit is? Could I put up a simple low level length of wire? A series of vertical posts? Or, do I have to put anything at all?
Thanks for your time, any suggestions are greatly received.