Fence Dispute

Fence Dispute

Postby Rustyigloo » Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:52 pm

Hi,

I'm hoping that somebody can help me regarding a dispute I'm having with my neighbour.

Last year we replaced a broken fence between my house and our neighbours. A couple of months later he complained that it encroached on his land. We had a look at it and it was so we arranged a weekend where he was at the property and we paid to have it amended (two of the posts were a couple of inches on his land).

Fast forward a year and he's been banging on my door informing me that one of the amended posts is still wrong and is a few inches on his land. I asked him why it's taken a year to bring it to our attention and he said he only noticed it in August. I then asked why he didn't mention it in August and he said he didn't know whether we would be in?!?

Anyway, I said I wasn't moving it again as he was here when the post was moved. He said he will get a solicitor onto us and it will cost us a fortune.

Today we received the solicitors letter. It just asks us to move the post because our neighbour says it is on his land.

What do I do now? We have photos of the original fence, we have photos of the line being down and photos of the finished fence. The fence line follows the red line on our deeds buts its such a small area it wouldnt show anyway.

My neighbour is quite intimidating and my stomach knots when I think about the situation now solicitors are involved.

Any help or advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby span » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:01 pm

You could have sooooo much fun with this, responding to the solicitor acting dumb, querying everything, spinning things out...... Every letter the solicitor writes to you and to him to keep him informed is going to cost him money.

Solicitor doesn't care. Just a job for him. He's going to ge paid, and paper never refused ink.
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby despair » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:20 am

Yup just write daft letters back
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby Rustyigloo » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:11 am

Thanks for the replies.

I think I'm just looking for suggestions of what I may have missed? I mean, why would someone waste their time and money with a solicitor if they didn't have a case?

If I have photos, deeds and the fact he was there when the post was adjusted I should be covered right? I just dont get why he's doing this a year after the fence went up.

I just want him to go away so I thought a short, firm but friendly reply stating that I would not move the post should be ok?
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby Collaborate » Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:17 am

Don't waste energy wondering why they're doing it. Just comfort yourself with the fact that they're wasting their own money.
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby despair » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:36 pm

Just as likely its a mate writing the letters trying to frighten you or bully you
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby Collaborate » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:47 am

despair wrote:Just as likely its a mate writing the letters trying to frighten you or bully you


Not at all. That's easily verifiable, and a criminal offence if true. So highly unlikely.
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby Rustyigloo » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:18 am

Yeah it's definitely a genuine letter. I checked it out at the time. It's quite a mild letter just asking us to move the fence (doesn't specify a date to do this by). I checked it was a genuine letter because the neighbour is so fiery I was expecting a much more feisty solicitors letter.
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby arborlad » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:25 am

Rustyigloo wrote:Thanks for the replies.

I think I'm just looking for suggestions of what I may have missed? I mean, why would someone waste their time and money with a solicitor if they didn't have a case?

If I have photos, deeds and the fact he was there when the post was adjusted I should be covered right? I just dont get why he's doing this a year after the fence went up.

I just want him to go away so I thought a short, firm but friendly reply stating that I would not move the post should be ok?




The usual reason is someone wishes to develop - conservatory, extension, etc., but has insufficient land to do so.
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smile...it confuses people
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby MacadamB53 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:48 pm

arborlad wrote:
Rustyigloo wrote:Thanks for the replies.

I think I'm just looking for suggestions of what I may have missed? I mean, why would someone waste their time and money with a solicitor if they didn't have a case?

If I have photos, deeds and the fact he was there when the post was adjusted I should be covered right? I just dont get why he's doing this a year after the fence went up.

I just want him to go away so I thought a short, firm but friendly reply stating that I would not move the post should be ok?




The usual reason is someone wishes to develop - conservatory, extension, etc., but has insufficient land to do so.
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby despair » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:17 pm

+2
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby Rustyigloo » Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:32 pm

Thanks everybody, this has been really useful.
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Re: Fence Dispute

Postby SwitchRich » Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:50 am

Hi Rustyigloo (great name by the way) :D
Your neighbour sounds like right piece of work and it seems ridiculous that he has escalated this all the way to getting a solicitor to send a letter??? And after so much time too...???
It's worth knowing that any map which your boundry has been drawn on is most likely 1:1250. Which means the red line will be approx 12 inches wide when you scale it into real life.
If you want neighbourly relations with this guy then you can offer that he pay the costs of moving the post 1 inch to the left or right while you are present.
Little things like these could escalate into a full blown dispute which would harm you both so it's best to look as if you are offering a proper concession.

Good luck and let us know how it goes! :)
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