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Looking from the road which fence is the responsibility of

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looking from the road which fence is the responsibility of the houseowner
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

the postcode is tn40 2re - the wind has badly damaged the left hand fence and we wish to know who is liable.

Thank you. There is no general rule about whether you own the fence on the left or the fence on the right of your property. The deeds both for your property and your neighbours may provide the answer and you can obtain a copy of the deeds usually from your solicitor or online from the Land Registry for a small fee. You will need the plan.The conveyance deed (or the transfer deed) may express in words the boundaries for which the owner of the property is responsible. It would usually apply a T-mark to those boundaries for which responsibility rests with the owner of the property. If responsibility for the boundary is shared (for example, in the case of a "party fence wall") then an H-mark(effectively two T-marks mirrored on the boundary line) is the conventional symbol that is used. If the deeds are silent on the question of responsibility for the boundary then you may have to work on the basis of the information given in the Seller's Property Information Form by the vendor at the time you bought your property.It is sometimes possible to infer who is responsible for a fence by establishing the pattern of fence ownership along the same side of the street. It is historically the case that when we put fences up that the smooth side faces the neighbour, so this may also help answer the question. Please remember to rate positively.