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James Mather
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I have had a dispute with my neighbour for over 7 years now

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I have had a dispute with my neighbour for over 7 years now regarding his fence. It has been damaged and left for years. He does not live there but rents it out. Despite several calls and conversations with the owner of the house it is still not repaired. If i repair it can i claim the money back? Shall i inform the council? I have no privacy in my garden and it is not safe as his house is shared by a lot illegal immigrants who do not care for the house.
What can i do? I will be out of pocket at least £500 and it is not my fence, but is unsightly and is damaging the sale of my house.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.
How has this caused your damage?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

His weeds are coming over to my side of the garden. I can not sell my house in this condition. It looks awful.I just feel helpless and really begrudge paying out to fix his fence.


Will i be able to claim it back from him?


Expert:  James Mather replied 4 years ago.

If they are illegal immigrants, they should be reported to the police and
the Border Agency.

Similarly, if you are not safe, that is a matter for the police.

In lots of noise is being made, that is a matter for the environmental
health Department at the local council

It is not your fence, but his fence, he might actually like it looking a complete
and utter mess and therefore you cannot compel him to fix it. The question is
very common.

The best thing you could hope for is that he allows you to remove the fence
and replace it with one at your own cost. In actual fact, the fact that you
have no claim against him in respect of his own fence, it would be cheaper to
replace the fence yourself rather than go to court.

If he will not let you replace the fence, then you are faced with putting
the fence up on your side, alongside his fence. You are at liberty to cut any
weeds that grow through

I appreciate that this is not the answer you wanted but there is no point
in me misleading you

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