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we have 4 fench panels broken on the left side of the house. the landlord assures me they are not his and the lady next door says they are not hers so who has to replace them ant ideas thanks


Hi, thanks for your query.

There are lots of different beliefs that the way a wall or fence is constructed can suggest who the owner is, for example:

– ownership is always on the right or left when you look from the front of a property

– that the posts and arris (horizontal) rails of a fence are on the owner’s side

There is no legal foundation for such beliefs, but it could be a starting point. As a tenant, you pay rent and can expect that the garden (if included in the tenancy agreement) has safe and secure boundaries. If, from the above description, you feel the landlord is responsible, you could make a formal written request for the repairs to take place. As the owner of the property, the landlord is obliged to either pay for the repairs, or negotiate with the neighbour to ascertain who is responsible, or share the responsibility for payment.

For more info you can see more at: http://www.landregistry.gov.uk/public/faqs/how-do-i-find-out-who-owns-andor-has-the-responsibility-for-the-boundary-fencewallhedge-of-a-property#sthash.VKPwUHKN.dpuf

All the best.

Disclaimer: This information is derived from personal experience and should not be relied upon as a definitive or accurate interpretation of the law.

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