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Help! 2.5m solid fence suddenly sprouted

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Neome Wed 08-Jun-16 17:01:57

It's a 2 bed terraced house and neighbours over the back wall have pulled a bit of a fast one. I'd really appreciate advice as I'm trying to support the family member involved who can't deal with it right now for various reasons.

One bedroom is rented out to very nice long term tenants/lodgers, the owner (my family member) is only there occasionally.

Neighbours builders asked tenants if they could use access through the back yard to take materials in and being nice helpful people they said yes.

They were then surprised that rubble & building work was going on for a week. When the builders left the short trellis on top of the wall had been replaced by a high solid fence with posts attached on 'our' side shading most of that part of the yard. It really makes it less pleasant to sit in as only a tiny yard and fence takes height to 2.5m.

I discovered the problem shortly afterwards when I went over to collect something and asked about it. The tenant said they didn't like it and probably should have contacted the owner. They should have really when it was more than just carrying materials though on one day but hindsight is a wonderful thing and I think their nice natures were just totally abused.

What can be done to deal with this without starting a huge long running conflict?

OurBlanche Wed 08-Jun-16 17:07:06

Well, contact the council, the fence is too high for a start.

Pictures showing the fixings, pictures of how it was before would be good.

And sod trying to avoid a dispute... if there is one it will be because they pulled a sneaky one.

Good luck

origamiwarrior Wed 08-Jun-16 17:35:17

If you report it to the council, they will take enforcement action (so you don't have the dispute) - boundary fences can't exceed 2 metres (without planning permission). So just report to the council and and let them do their jobs

Neome Wed 08-Jun-16 20:09:38

Thank you, I appreciate the advice

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