Asked on Jul 11, 2018

My neighbor in back has an ugly stockade fence that's falling down!

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We have a nice fence on three sides, but neighbor behind us has an old stockade fence that's falling down. I'm at a loss as to what to do. Its an eyesore! We can't afford to replace their fence . its on property line???

8 answers
  • Diane Forte Barfield
    on Jul 11, 2018

    Could you provide a picture?

  • 2dogal
    on Jul 11, 2018

    Have you spoken to your neighbor? Maybe the two of you can get together to fix it. That may be my first step.

  • Fiddledd224
    on Jul 11, 2018

    If your neighbor can't fix it offer to repair it for her. If your generosity isn't accepted call your city code official and let them notify her that it meds to be repaired. That usually gets it done. You may lose a friend but you did offer to help!

    • Sheila L. Kowalski
      on Jul 12, 2018

      The village won't do anything trust me. It is in need of replace, not repair and taking away from my property value

  • Carol Clark
    on Jul 11, 2018

    We had the same problem. We put up our own fence just tall enough to cover theirs. You lose about a foot of property but it was worth it.
  • Sheila L. Kowalski
    on Jul 12, 2018

    can't afford that
  • Tinyshoes
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Sheila...In our area we are NOT allowed to build on property line. If constructing anything you are required to move inside your property line. If the fence was in our area we could remove or repair simply because it is on line! Has property been surveyed? I do understand that surveys are not cheap but it might tell you something!
  • 2dogal
    on Jul 12, 2018

    Many places in the US if a fence is built on the property line, both parties "own" the fence no matter who built it, because it is ON the property line. That's why in many rural areas, you find two parallel fences a foot apart.
    Since this has been going on for a few years, I'd plant tall evergreen shrubs to block the sight of the fence.
  • Fiddledd224
    on Jul 12, 2018

    I guess your only alternative is to put a new fence section in front of that one...I know it will cost some $$$ but it is a capital improvement that will add both value and curb appeal to your home and protect your biggest investment financially. Plus you'll enjoy the much improved view in your yard.
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