Fences – Neighbor

Q

I live in an upscale HOA community. I have lived next to a neighbor who’s “crazy” and mean. My husband, myself and neighbors rarely speak to him. Our common fence was hit with termites last yard and I asked him if he would be willing to share the costs to replace. He stated, “no, and I better not put up another fence without his approval.”

The fence is ridden with termites and is unsightly. Seeing that he won’t help pay for it, I am willing to put up a 6 ft wooden fence on my own property right next to the old one. Am I responsible for painting his side of the fence and can he sue me for any reason?

- Diana

A

It appears that your neighbor may react unpredictably to your erecting a new fence. I urge you to consult with your personal attorney for advice regarding this matter before taking any direct action.

Sincerely,

Margey

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