Which Side of the Fence Is Really My Responsibility?

Fencing and boundary problems have been around ever since the first neighbors decided to install a fence between their homes. The issue of which side of the fence is whose responsibility has sparked debate and controversy for a long time, and disputes still arise about this issue on a regular basis.

The main problem is that, in some cases, it’s hard to determine if the fences present on a lot of land split by a vendor into different parcels actually belong to one of the parcels or the other. Of course, this is easily resolved when both adjacent land parcels have individual fences, but when a single, common fence is present, you can run into a lot of difficulties.

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The general consensus is that the vendor should have included the information in the deed. When you get the house, you always have to check for details like this, and the fence ownership problem is one of the most important. In most cases, each individual parcel owner will be responsible for the fence at either the left or the right of his or her parcel of land. As long as it is pointed out in the conveyance deed, there shouldn’t be a problem.

Alternatively, in some cases, when there is no clear cut indication as to who owns a particular fence, in which case you have to either refer to your Seller’s Property Information Form or establish a pattern of ownership by checking who are the fence owners on the same side of the street where your land lot is located.

Metro Fence contractors can work with you and your neighbors to install quality fencing on and around your property.