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BOUNDARY fences can be a cause of major disputes between neighbours - especially when it is not clear who owns the fence and so who is responsible for upkeep. The general position Usually boundary fences belong to one single property and the owner has liability for maintenance. It is unusual for fences to be jointly owned or for there to be some form of joint liability for their upkeep. As a general rule, although it is not always the case, the fence on the right side of your garden (when you stand with your back to the house) is yours.

Where can I find ownership details?Check the deeds of your house. If you do not have these, contact the solicitor who dealt with the house purchase for you.

Within the deeds you will find a plan of your grounds. A T-shaped mark on the boundary line shows the fence is owned by the person within whose property the mark appears. A double T-shaped mark means responsibility is shared.

Is there any legal obligation to maintain boundary fences? Unless stated on the deeds there is no legal obligation on owners to keep their boundaries in good repair.

As there are no regulations on the condition of boundaries, owners are rarely under any obligation to keep up repairs.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2015
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