Q: My neighbour has started repairing our boundary fence without my permission and I’m not happy about it. What are my rights?
A: Under the Fencing Act 1978, your neighbour should have notified you in writing before starting any work on the fence. They should also have given you ample opportunity to counter their proposal.
If your neighbour didn’t follow the process laid out in the Act, you’re not obliged to contribute to the repair costs. You could take the matter to the Disputes Tribunal, but we suggest attempting to reach a private agreement before going down this route.
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