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I rent out a 3 bedroom house in Surrey. The council tenants

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I rent out a 3 bedroom house in Surrey. The council tenants who lived in the semi next door have moved out . They left the garden and fencing in a bad state. The council told my estate agents that I will be liable to pay for replacement. I cannot see on my deeds which side of my garden I am responsible for. Doesn't the council have responsibility as it was their tenants who caused the damage? The council have said that they will only put up a 3 foot chain link fence even though the previous fencing was wood and 6 foot high.
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Property Law
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 7 months ago.

Hello Sharon my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Just to be clear, you can't tell if it shared? Does it have a T in the deed please?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No there is nothing on the deeds to indicate this.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
There is no indication in the deeds as to whose responsibility the fencing is.
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 7 months ago.

Thanks. Do you know where the tenants have moved to?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No. I did not even know they had moved until my estate agents told me. I don't know if the council know. They may not.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
The council say that it is not their responsibility.
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 7 months ago.

if is a joint boundary then yes they are jointly liable. It may be that their tenant has done it and as such, they need to pursue the tenant.

But they are liable for the fence as it was done by their tenant.

Can I clairfy anything for you about this today please?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
No nothing else. Thank you for your help. Sharon
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 7 months ago.

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