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Our neighbour has just finished installing a fence between

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Our neighbour has just finished installing a fence between our properties but has now left a strip of grass down the side of the fence on our side. I cut the grass today but was confronted by the neighbour saying that I must not cut the grass as it is still his land. I replied by saying that it is on my side of the fence and that I would cut the grass. He told me in no certain terms that he would cut the grass as and when he was good and ready. Can you tell me where I stand? Why didn't he build the fence right up against the boundary?
I look forward to your response.
Many thanks

Hi Adrian

The fence is not always an indication of the boundary line. Even reference to the land registry plans is not an absolute guarantee of the boundary line.

How would the neighbour access this strip of land if he has installed a fence? Would access only be possible via your land? He has no legal right of access unless it is stated in the title deeds.

It does not make sense to put the boundary fence up on his on land and not on the boundary line. Where was the boundary fence previously? It is also a rather strange reaction by the neighbour. By cutting the grass you are not claiming it as your own and if that was his concern then why not build the fence on what he believes is the boundary line.

If the neighbour is claiming the land as his then he is entitled to request that you do not enter up on. To do so without permission is trespass. All you can do is deal with anything which encroaches onto your land.

I am happy to assist further if you have any further details.

Kind regards


Hi Adrian

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