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Another Fence Dispute
This reminds me of a similar situation which I'll take the time to tell you about.
The old fence fell down and Arborvitae shrubs were purchased in order to install a nice friendly green barrier. The shrubs were delivered. That weekend the neighbor started to build a fence which would encroach on property boundaries.
Most towns require a "fence permit" to install a fence, so the encroacher was asked to stop until a survey could be done. The encroacher didn't want the friendly green shrub barrier, so it was agreed to let him install a fence instead. He was asked to split the cost of the survey and have concrete bounds installed to prevent any future dispute. He agreed to split the cost. The land was surveyed and bounds were installed and the surveyor's bill was paid by the concerned property owner. The fence he started had to be moved back onto his property after he realized that he was encroaching. The shrubs could not be installed against the fence. He never took out a fence permit and he never offered to pay his share as agreed. The concerned property owner benefited because he had peace of mind that the fence no longer would encroach on his land. The concerned property owner never made an issue, because they had been neighbors for years.
You're not married to your neighbors, but sometimes you need to just get along and enjoy your property. Ask him to pay for half of the survey, but don't be surprised if he refuses to pony up his share. Don't threaten to call the town about a permit and try to work it out between the both of you. It is certainly better that way.
The moral of the story is you have to live with your neighbors and sometimes you have to make concessions to get along and keep peace, otherwise you'll end up like the Hatfield and McCoy family in dispute for generations. Major wars have started over land disputes. The last thing you need is to get in an argument and maybe even hand to hand combat. You'll both be in trouble with the law and restrained from enjoying peace and quiet enjoyment on your own property.
Work it out. Both of you will be glad you did.
I have been in real estate for many years, involved in 1,000s of transactions in one way or another and I have lots of stories to tell about my experiences. Just ask and I'll give you "Sound Advice" from experience.
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If it is a big deal to you, first check with your city and planning department, they should either help you or get you in the right direction..All the best
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