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pinkbear82 Tue 11-Feb-14 08:50:31

I know we are in devon, and I know the weather has been awful but, the rather flimsy fence dividing our garden and the neighbours has been totally blown down.

Because it had been looking dodgy for a while, I had called our landlord to check if it was something 'we' needed to be replacing. Nope, it's our neighbours fence.

Now, it really wouldn't bother me but, we have two dogs, two dogs that like to spend time outside, in their own garden. I often leave the back door open so they are free to go in and out as and when they like.

The mutts are quite happy having a new garden to explore, I on the other hand am not and I doubt the neighbours would if they realised I also am not liking the fact they now have to be restricted and supervised. Neither are they.

It's been down a week, wibu to pop round and ask what is happening? I'm resisting letting the dogs wonder, but it is getting tempting.

whois Tue 11-Feb-14 08:52:15

YABU they don't have to have a fence, they can just chuck up a bit of string to mark the boundary.

Your dogs are your responsibility to keep contained. Go and buy some chicken wire and stakes or something as a make shift fence.

CleverClod Tue 11-Feb-14 08:55:20

YABU. If you want a fence there, then put one up. It is not a legal requirement to have a fence, your neighbour's are under no obligation to erect a fence, especially not if it's for your benefit.

Onesleeptillwembley Tue 11-Feb-14 08:55:51

Hahaha, I'll post you a grip.
Look after your own dogs. If you don't want to, put a fence up. And do at least try to wait until it would not be absolutely stupid to do so.

TobyLerone Tue 11-Feb-14 08:59:36

I don't think it's U to be annoyed about this. And I don't think YWBU to go round and just ask if they're planning on fixing it.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Tue 11-Feb-14 09:00:30

I think the simplest thing would be for you to erect your own fence inside theirs.

Callani Tue 11-Feb-14 09:01:02

I don't think you're being unreasonable - it'd be different if there'd never been a fence, but I imagine you rented the house in the expectation you can let your dogs out in your garden (and I don't think that's an unreasonable expectation either).

Pop round to your neighbours and explain the situation with the dogs and come to a suitable compromise.

CaptainGrinch Tue 11-Feb-14 09:02:14

Actually, if they don't want your dogs in their garden, they need to put the fence back up.

If there was a fence there before, then they need to do something about it. I'd stick some temporary wire or something up, but I wouldn't lose any sleep if the dogs shat all over their lawn....

So no, YANBU

LovelyJubblies Tue 11-Feb-14 09:04:05

Maybe they haven't got any money to pay for one.
Or maybe they think there's no point as the weather is still bad.
We needed to replace our fence but unfortunately we didn't have the money too, once we had we got a new one.
If its a problem then you can put one up.
Yabu to let your dogs go in their garden btw

MaxPepsi Tue 11-Feb-14 09:04:10

You will need to go halves for the fence with them.

Even if it's for your benefit they still need to pay.

You will of course need to agree on the type and costs etc.

MrsKoala Tue 11-Feb-14 09:07:00

it's a YABU from me i'm afraid. Tho i can see that it's irritating.

My last flat we never had a proper fence, just a few posts with wire running along. It was like that when we bought it and when the neighbour bought it. But the NDN kept asking us when we were going to replace it. Ummm never. was the answer. but it didn't stop her from continually asking.

If you have dogs then you should ask them 'if' they are planning on replacing it. If they say no, you will have to put one up yourself i think.

Breezy1985 Tue 11-Feb-14 09:08:30

The fence between mine and my neighbours has been down 2 years, it's starting to drive me mad now. Were both council but because they took the council one down and replaced with their own the council will do nothing. I can't afford to replace it, wouldn't be so annoying if they didn't have 5-6 people out there smoking weed all day. angry

LIZS Tue 11-Feb-14 09:08:46

We've got fences down left right and centre here. No point reinstating until this weather has passed. They are all ours hmm. It is not obligatory to have a fence at all but it is your/ll responsibility to contain your dogs. If you don't want to do anything permanent then chicken wire is a good start. Or ll , assuming he knows and agrees for you to have dogs , can put up a fence on your side of the boundary.

ifyourehoppyandyouknowit Tue 11-Feb-14 09:10:49

I think YABabitU because they are under no obligation to put the fence back up, as a PP said, they could just put a bit of string there if all they care about it marking the boundary.

If they don't want to replace them, then you'll need to speak to your landlord about putting one up.

Gladvent Tue 11-Feb-14 09:11:13

If my fence had blown down I would wait for weather to improve before replacing/ fixing. Agree you should discuss with them and put up something temporary as wire fence would be better in windy conditions anyway.

PeterParkerSays Tue 11-Feb-14 09:13:26

The fence between us and next door is down. The fence is their responsibility, by their own admission (do your neighbours know it's their fence?). Next door's dad owns a fencing company.

But it still isn't replaced because the weather is crap and it's easier to sort this once we no longer have gale force winds.

Sorry, but I think YABU. The problem isn't the fence, it's your dogs escaping. They aren't fixing their fence, because there is no legal compulsion for them to do, and lots of good reasons at present why t hey shouldn't, so you need to fix your problem and find another solution to stop your dogs getting out.

Joysmum Tue 11-Feb-14 09:19:01

Mine and my neighbours fences have blown down, both if us are waiting till the weather improves to fix. With the rain as it is the postcrete won't set properly. I'm not going to attempt to wave 6ft panels around in this wind, professionals are all booked up. One week is nothing!

If my neighbours chose to replace their boundary fence with a rope, theirs nothing to say they can't and we'd need to fence in our side if the boundary if we don't agree with their choice.

It's the responsibility if the property owner to fence to their own requirements. Unless it's in the deeds or some other non-standard requirement, there is no law to say people have to fence their property. If a fence is on the boundary, the deeds specify who it belongs to but if the neighbours want fencing when they can secure their property by fencing on their own side.

Joysmum Tue 11-Feb-14 09:19:33


Bramshott Tue 11-Feb-14 09:22:43

I can see that it's annoying, but honestly, there's no point replacing the fence until the weather has calmed down or it will just blow down again.

bonkersLFDT20 Tue 11-Feb-14 09:23:00

How well do you get on with your neighbours?

If you get on well then of course it's fine to go and ask them what's happening, just remember that the problem with the dogs is yours.

If you're not on such good terms with them then just put something up to contain your dogs.

MrsOakenshield Tue 11-Feb-14 09:23:28

I can see why you are annoyed but with the weather the way it is they probably don't think it's worth doing anything about it right now - or maybe they can't afford it at the mo? But your dogs are your responsibility to contain. Can you put up a wire fence inside your side of the boundary?

BarkWorseThanBite Tue 11-Feb-14 09:26:47

Well a week is not very long to arrange a new fence, especially it if blew down unexpectedly... they are probably getting quotes.

Go round - with a Banana Loaf - and ask them what they are plannign to do. If they have no plans, you can decide whether to put your own fence up.

MiaowTheCat Tue 11-Feb-14 09:26:51

You've been very restrained waiting a week to ask them what was going on (I have dogs so I understand your frustration)... the fence we're responsible for came down earlier last year just gone and our neighbour was around within 2 minutes doing his usual passive-aggressive "I want something sorted now so I'm going to fake being helpful to make sure you know I want it sorted" routine of "do you know your fence has blown over love" (the several bags of random shite he'd wedged between his garden shed and our fence might have had something to do with it as well). Thankfully our neighbour on the other side is a builder and fixed it the following day for us (plus he'd obviously been getting really annoyed by one of our fence posts not having a matching top to it so one mysteriously appeared bless him!)

Can't say I blame 'em for wanting to wait till the weather's passed to do it - but you wouldn't be unreasonable to ask them what they're going to do about it just so you know.

fluterby Tue 11-Feb-14 09:28:34

When ours blew down it took several weeks to get someone to come and fix it. I shouldn't think many people want to work in a howling gale. My dm's neighbour decided to build a new fence himself and took nearly a year. It doesn't happen overnight is my point.

Skinnydecafflatte Tue 11-Feb-14 09:28:50

Yalu. Our fence blew down a couple of months ago and we were lucky that our neighbours had it fixed within a fortnight. I was speaking to a friend of mine yesterday who has lost part of their fence, they were told that the company were so busy that they couldn't even send someone out for a quote until the end of March! And this is in an area where we have not been to badly affected.

It could well be the same for your neighbours that they can't get anyone out just yet. Afraid you will have to wait. Even in good weather/quieter periods I think finding someone and getting it mended within a week is pushing it!

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