If you have noticed any damage or rot on one side of your fence, perhaps by strong winds or harsh weather patterns, you will want to get it fixed as soon as possible to avoid further problems with protection of your property. But which side of the fence are you responsible for? Garden fences can often create disputes between neighbours especially when one is unsure about where they stand legally. It is best to talk things through calmly if in doubt. This question of which side of the fence is mine arises for many homeowners in the UK. To start with, we recommend that you speak with your neighbour if there is anything you want to discuss regarding your fence. There is no general rule that says everyone will own their left or right side fences; some people may have property lines running diagonally across from where they stand in relation to their house so don’t let any old rules hinder discussion.
When you’re trying to figure out who owns which side of a fence, one of the first things to look out for is where the frames are. Now while this isn’t guaranteed and there are other factors – such as walls or fences being built on both sides – looking at their location can indicate whose land they belong to. Wall frames are usually installed away from the property so that the homeowner’s neighbour gets a good side and that pattern often follows so each neighbour gets one good side and one bad side. If the fence frame is facing away from you then that is likely your side. Worth mentioning that this shouldn’t be taken as an absolute rule but it could help ahead of performing any fence repairs or installations.
We hope this has been helpful in avoiding any disputes with your neighbour but if you still need further insight, worth checking your title deeds which has some useful information about boundaries on who owns what. If all else fails then try contacting your local council planning department who should be able to offer some advice. For any fencing needs, contact the experts Stellar Fencing. We do all types of fencing Ashford residents can benefit from.