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Who owns the garden fence? Boundary rules and responsibilities explained Bath City News

There has been an ongoing discussion for years about which neighbor should take responsibility for a damaged fence. After storms and high winds hit the country last month, it quickly became a hot topic of conversation again.

Many people have wondered if they or their neighbor should take responsibility for a collapsed or broken fence. It is not always obvious who owns a fence or a wall that separates two properties.

In England and Wales, boundary ownership is normally determined by the builder erecting the building. Therefore, there is no legal presumption that a person owns or must maintain a fence or boundary on their property, reports Bristol Live.

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This goes against the myth that people believe the fence to the right of your house belongs to you. In fact, the only way to know which fence belongs to you is to check the title plan or the land registry.

You can check this out for a small fee – usually £3 – here. In these documents, there is a “T” mark on one side of the border indicating who it belongs to.

In some cases, ownership of walls or fences may be shared among neighbors, or not all boundaries will be specified. If this is the case for your property, you will need to request a copy of the deeds online here.

If you still don’t have a clear answer, you may need to reach a boundary agreement with your neighbor. This will clearly indicate who is responsible for maintaining fences, walls, trees and hedges.

This could be a formal agreement, but in most cases an informal chat with your neighbor should be enough to clear things up.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-12 13:24:26

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