How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Jo C. Your Own Question
Jo C.
Jo C., Barrister
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 71053
Experience:  Over 5 years in practice
Type Your Law Question Here...
Jo C. is online now

The tennants dogs next door have damaged our fence pannels

This answer was rated:

The tennants dogs next door have damaged our fence pannels jumping up the boards to get to our dogs. They now do the same if anyone is in the garden regardless of whether our dogs are out or not. The letting agents have told them its their responsibility to repair our fence but the tennants argue that our dogs tease their dogs. The first day they arrived 1 of their dogs jumped our 6ft fence into our garden, so its understandable mine want to guard their land. A resolution cannot be achieved with the tennants as after i politely asked them not to use our drive to move their cars in and out ( they didn't see this as a problem) they have not spoken to us. Where do i go from here ? Frustrated and angry
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
What are you hoping to achieve?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I was expecting the tennants to repair/replace the damaged fence pannels. We are going to have a fence/wall built between the two drivesat the front of our property. If the nneighbours drive was damaged in the process would the landlords logic work, ie its her drive, so she will pay for costs.......i dont think so somehow. So why should we pay for damage to our fence, by a third party ?

You may actually have a claim against the agents of their client anyway as ultimately they own the property and are responsible for the actions of their tenant.
You do have a claim, in principle, for the damaged panels. Dogs are animals under the control of man and they are responsible for the damage they cause.
They are clearly saying there has been a contribution from your dogs so you might find they defend on that basis. In truth, even if they did make that point it would only lead to a reduction for contributory negligence. It isn't a complete defence. They could arise it however.
Obviously though there is no way of forcing them to pay without suing. There is no way around it. People cannot be made to pay without going to court.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo C. and other Law Specialists are ready to help you