To expect next door's landlord to fix their bloody back garden fence.

(90 Posts)
FunHouse Thu 02-May-13 16:47:32

Their fence has been broken for a year now. I thought they'd fix it themselves and tbh didn't worry because my dd was old enough to know not to go near their garden.

Now my younger son has started walking I can't stop or keep running after him to pull him back in our garden. Towards the end of the garden their side is completely overgrown with thorns and brambles. It's dangerous for my children. Now it's summer they'll be out more. Dd knows not to go to that side, but ds obviously is too small to understand.

I just phoned the letting agency and they attempted to fob me off telling me the fence is MY responsibility! This house has been our family home for about 35 years. We know what side is ours! When I told the agent she was being rude trying to fob me off when she hasn't even seen which property it is and told her I want it fixed ASAP before one of my children get hurt, she told me she couldn't authorise it without the landlord agreeing to fixing it.

I'm thinking I'm going to have a problem trying to get them to fix it. Could I threaten them with contacting the council or something if they don't fix it within a week or two weeks?

FunHouse Tue 14-May-13 15:35:58

To anyone who cares, the fences are currently being fixed. I will be able to have some privacy again by tomorrow hopefully.

FunHouse Thu 02-May-13 20:08:39

Oh don't leave now!

Okaaayyyy <backs out of thread>

FunHouse Thu 02-May-13 19:55:23

Oh don't worry, I've had neighbours who shagged loudly using porn dialogue and I put a stop to that with a note through the letterbox.

Then I had the neighbours who had an animal deterrent alarm that went off at dusk and would stay on all night. Had to call the environment health for noise pollution.

Then I had neighbours who used to have fights and brawls during the night, and have all night parties every night with their 4 children screaming at 4am in the garden.

Dd has just informed me she was doing front flips on the trampoline and they were clapping for her...so now my dd is their entertainment. Hmm. As if dh's backside wasn't enough grin.

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 02-May-13 19:54:41

Yeah, but Freddie - does he laugh ?

Fluffypinkcoat Thu 02-May-13 19:50:39

I remember reading that haha! He likes his double standards doesn't he!

grin like mine who complained about my heating boiler coming on too early and shags so loudly at half past fucking four in the fucking bastarding morning that it wakes me up. And has all night parties. With wine. No sunbathing though, coz, well, it's dark at night.

Fluffypinkcoat Thu 02-May-13 19:37:43

Imagine how OP would cope with real problem neighbours grin

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 02-May-13 19:32:03

<sings>
Fun house, a whole lot of fun...

This is a joke, right? And you have changed your name specially?

Stiefeliblue Thu 02-May-13 19:26:29

Why don't you get a big tent to cover your garden.Then you Dc can't trespass and your neighbours can sit on their roof and drink and smile all they want.

If he looked

Well, to be fair, if looked like this and was cooking dinner I'd be over there shagging him be looking too

TerrysAllGold Thu 02-May-13 19:15:52

Because the OP thinks that they're interested in watching her husband cook dinner, Freddie? ;)

Why are you getting worked up about neighbours daring to sit and drink wine?

FunHouse Thu 02-May-13 19:11:00

hmm. Sorry. My hands are full with grip I'm already holding. Perhaps you should catch it instead? Why are you getting worked up about a crappy fence thread? confused

SoupDragon Thu 02-May-13 19:10:58

BTW, OP, welcome to MN.

Can I kindly suggest you catch a grip.

FunHouse Thu 02-May-13 19:05:28

Thanks for making that clear to me freddie. I was confused about this all up until your last post. hmm.

You can't make anyone put a fence. The landlord could mark the boundary with a line of stones, or paving bricks or anything.

And people who have extensions with roofs they can sit on and drink wine in the sun are allowed to do that.

FunHouse Thu 02-May-13 19:02:00

Thanks featherbag. That sounds like hell. Glad it was sorted in the end.

FunHouse Thu 02-May-13 18:59:32

No this isn't a reverse AIBU. It's just a boring thread about fences.

featherbag Thu 02-May-13 18:59:29

I was the tenant in this EXACT situation. NDN even got the deeds and sent them to the LA, who acknowledged that they did indeed prove the fence was LL's responsibility, and he STILL refused point blank to do it. He continued refusing even after the LA notified him in writing that he was legally obliged to install a new, safe fence, and that if any harm came to us, toddler DS or NDN because of it he'd be liable. Even after appealing to his 'better nature', sending him photos of how beautifully we'd totally re-done his skanky overgrown garden, and pointing out that NDN had cancer and her husband had just left her didn't work. He's just a total and utter bastard.

NDN eventually paid to have the fence replaced, after a year of hounding the LL and her and her mother throwing hints at us to go halfs. Incidentally, please don't approach your tenant neighbours to do this, under absolutely NO circumstances were we prepared to add actual money to the vast amounts of hard work we'd put into improving the LL's property, and it very nearly ruined the good relationship we have with NDN.

caramelwaffle Thu 02-May-13 18:52:55

MN is an education however: I never knew about the legal aspect about having no fence. Cheers all.

<thinks of ones own pretty to look at but overgrown with ivy fence>

FunHouse Thu 02-May-13 18:52:45

With sunglasses on. angry.

Hope they enjoy watching my dh cook dinner.

Is this a reverse AIBU?

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