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  • Landlords in Distress

    Neighbour threatening to take down fence

    Hi PT's

    I just got off the phone to my student tenant who advised that the next door neighbour wanted to pass me a message - "if the fence is not fixed within a week tell you landlord im going to take it down"

    Now the first thing is that my deeds do not state which fence is mine and nor does the neighbours deeds, I know that the general rule of thumb is that the fence on the left is yours ( in this case the fence is on our right as we are looking out onto the garden.

    I haven't spoken to the neighbour yet but would be willing to pay half just for the sake of peace. However, judging by this type of threat I dont think im dealing with a person you can actually come to an agreement with.

    My question is has anyone had this type of threat or know who I can report this to if our meeting prior to her taking down the fence doesnt go well?

    Your suggestions would be most appreciated.

    Kind Regards

    Sam

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    I think you should go round and see the neighbour straight away and be as nice as pie. Good neighbours are worth their weight in gold and there may be other concerns he's been bottling up that would be worth knowing about. Don't judge him until you've met him and do whatever it takes to reach an amicable outcome.

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    Hi Alison

    Thanks for the reply, I agree with you

    I just want to be prepared for a non productive meeting so that I can report this if there is an issue

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    You don't have to make an immediate decision if you need to think about what to do about the fence.

    You've only just been passed the message so as long as you can visit within the next few days for a chat then that should be fine.

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    Indeed: I always prefer neighbours have my contact details, even if that means the odd annoying 'phone call.  They are the cheapest form of insurance there is & will tell you things that might be worth a lot!



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    Always a good idea as it shows you do consider them pp as many do not like living next door to tenanted property. And can make life very difficult  for you  if push comes to shove.

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    Why make a mountain out of a mole hill. Just fix the fence. I expect your neighbour is a bit upset about living next to a property rented out to students pp when he has paid good money for his property expecting a normal set up next door not a rented out property.

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    Neighbours always like to moan about something. I had one moan to me about how there wasn't anyone to talk to now that everyone had moved out of their locale and all the properties were being rented!

    I start the mental stopwatch going when I see them and listen for 5 mins of moaning before I have to go and do some work on the property. They like the Christmas card I send each year though, at least they send me one back which is more than the other long term owners do in the area!

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