05 Mar Paying for half a fence, do i have to?
When it comes time to install a new fence you may have some issues with your neighbours about paying for half a fence in Adelaide!
It doesn’t matter which side you are on, wether you think a new fence needs to be installed or wether you think the one you have is sufficient enough to carry on and do its job as a fence, there are a few guidelines that must be followed, you can find these at “fences and the law” for Adelaide only.
Situations like this arise when the owner of a property knocks down the old house and would like to build a new house on the block, and the old fences do not necessarily fit into the picture and can actually make the new house look unfinished and cheap, so the old fence may not even need to be replaced which can cause tension between the neighbours. and both really have a good argument.
Another situation can arise when the house has new owners that have pets and need to be able to contain them in the yard which is their responsibility, the neighbour can argue that he or she does not need to pay as the fence does what it is meant to do for them.
Or your fence could be just getting old and could have blown over in the wind and usually in this scenario the owner and neighbour should pay half each, as the fence is dangerous and should not be left to blow in the wind and damage someones house, so paying for half a fence may be necessary.
The main thing to do in this situation is to be friendly to your neighbour, no one ever got anywhere talking to your in a forceful tone and using such words as “my rights” etc. Having a good neighbour relationship is not just about getting them to look after your fence but it can be an absolute nightmare living next door to someone that hates your guts, on the other hand having someone that you can get along with next door can help you by looking after your house and pets while you are away on holidays and things like that. So make the most of it and be friendly to your neighbours as you will enjoy living at on your street a lot more.
The last thing you want to do is to go to court with your neighbour about something as stupid as putting in a fence, it can take time and money away from your life, and lets be honest, no one has time for that nonsense.
We hope that we have been helpful in some way, get as much info you can from your local council about fence heights and colours that you are allowed to have in your area as some areas in Adelaide are heritage listed and only allow certain types of fences to be installed.
If you need a licensed contractor to do the jo for you, give lee benson fencing a ring on 0404 264 167.
Of course you dont have to worry about this if you are installing a frameless glass pool fence in Adelaide
good luck with your fence and if you play it right you will have a great fence and great neighbours and everyone will want to pay half of their fence in Adelaide.