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Re: Neighborly requirement??

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@GAQShopr53 

 

You wrote:

<< I have neighbors now that refuse to fix their falling fence and I am not going to pay for the repairs because they used cheap material and the fence is a hot mess. >>

 

I have personally dealt with that very same issue myself.  That is when any sense of "neighborliness" and my own sense of what and who is "right" went out the door.

 

Finally, I had to call the county zoning authority  to investigate the deteriorated fence, which left open a big gap where  any child could wander into the neighbor's yard and fall into their empty, unmaintained concrete swimming pool, not to mention having the leaning panels of the fence fall on us, my grandchild, or our lawn maintenance guys while mowing our yard.

 

Not all fence neighbors are nice folks when something happens that might cost them money.  If it costs them money for something they don't want to fix, they'll put a few nails in it, and the fence will continue to lean and eventually fall.  It did.

 

 

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Re: Neighborly requirement??


@novamc1 wrote:

@chrystaltree 

 

You wrote:  <<This is a prime example of looking for trouble where none exists.>>

 

After selling real estate for a long time as both an agent and later a broker, I surmise that you've just never seen how much trouble a fence issue can cause.

 

Neighbors don't always remain neighborly forever.  Or can sell their home to someone (probably a lawyer) who wants to make an issue of the fence.

 

So many things can come up regarding maintenance of the fence, shrubbery that grows around or over it (such as non-native nuisance vines) and even what happens if children's balls and toys  get thrown over the fence and require retrieval, which requires entry to the other fenced yard, which might have a swimming pool, which poses a hazard to kids, and so on and so on.

 

It's good for everyone to follow the letter and spirit of the law and avoid conflict.


@novamc1  I appreciate your comments and knowledge of fence issues.  Do you know if the family that did not purchase the fence can hang or nail items to their side of the fence? 

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Re: Neighborly requirement??


@shy bobcat wrote:

@novamc1 wrote:

@chrystaltree 

 

You wrote:  <<This is a prime example of looking for trouble where none exists.>>

 

After selling real estate for a long time as both an agent and later a broker, I surmise that you've just never seen how much trouble a fence issue can cause.

 

Neighbors don't always remain neighborly forever.  Or can sell their home to someone (probably a lawyer) who wants to make an issue of the fence.

 

So many things can come up regarding maintenance of the fence, shrubbery that grows around or over it (such as non-native nuisance vines) and even what happens if children's balls and toys  get thrown over the fence and require retrieval, which requires entry to the other fenced yard, which might have a swimming pool, which poses a hazard to kids, and so on and so on.

 

It's good for everyone to follow the letter and spirit of the law and avoid conflict.


@novamc1  I appreciate your comments and knowledge of fence issues.  Do you know if the family that did not purchase the fence can hang or nail items to their side of the fence? 


I would say no, it's not your fence and not on your property.

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Re: Neighborly requirement??


@CelticCrafter wrote:

@shy bobcat wrote:

@novamc1 wrote:

@chrystaltree 

 

You wrote:  <<This is a prime example of looking for trouble where none exists.>>

 

After selling real estate for a long time as both an agent and later a broker, I surmise that you've just never seen how much trouble a fence issue can cause.

 

Neighbors don't always remain neighborly forever.  Or can sell their home to someone (probably a lawyer) who wants to make an issue of the fence.

 

So many things can come up regarding maintenance of the fence, shrubbery that grows around or over it (such as non-native nuisance vines) and even what happens if children's balls and toys  get thrown over the fence and require retrieval, which requires entry to the other fenced yard, which might have a swimming pool, which poses a hazard to kids, and so on and so on.

 

It's good for everyone to follow the letter and spirit of the law and avoid conflict.


@novamc1  I appreciate your comments and knowledge of fence issues.  Do you know if the family that did not purchase the fence can hang or nail items to their side of the fence? 


I would say no, it's not your fence and not on your property.


@CelticCrafterThank you!  

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Re: Neighborly requirement??

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I'm pretty sure they will take down the chain link fence before they put  up the wooden one.   If the chain link fence was originally anchored into the ground too deep it may be too much trouble and cost to remove it.

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Re: Neighborly requirement??


@novamc1 wrote:

@chrystaltree 

 

You wrote:  <<This is a prime example of looking for trouble where none exists.>>

 

After selling real estate for a long time as both an agent and later a broker, I surmise that you've just never seen how much trouble a fence issue can cause.

 

Neighbors don't always remain neighborly forever.  Or can sell their home to someone (probably a lawyer) who wants to make an issue of the fence.

 

So many things can come up regarding maintenance of the fence, shrubbery that grows around or over it (such as non-native nuisance vines) and even what happens if children's balls and toys  get thrown over the fence and require retrieval, which requires entry to the other fenced yard, which might have a swimming pool, which poses a hazard to kids, and so on and so on.

 

It's good for everyone to follow the letter and spirit of the law and avoid conflict.


 

 

 

 

exactly why i am so happy that our neighborhood does not allow any type of fencing, except for pools!

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