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Fencing Question

Saint Paul, MN |
Filed under: Real estate

We put up a fence well within our property line a few years ago. The neighbor at the time put up a big fuss over everything so we just put the fence about 4-6 inches into our property. I see now she has nailed and screwed things into our fence and the sharp ends of these are sticking out 2-3 inches on our side. Can she do this? Not only does it not look good, it is unsafe for our kids. Normally I would just ask her to remove them, but she will turn it into a huge deal.

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The first question I have is whether you have had the property line marked by a licensed surveyor. If you have not, have the lined surveyed so you definitively know the location of the property line.

After you have had the boundary line surveyed and determined that you fence is located within your property, you should send a letter together with a copy of the survey to your neighbor with a demand that she remove the attachments to your fence. Make sure the letter includes a deadline for which the attachments are to be removed.

If she does not remove the attachments, you can remove the attachments provided (1) that you can do so without trepassing onto your neighbors property; and (2) that you will not damage your neighbor's fence or the other attachments to your fence.

If you cannot remove the attachments without trespassing or damaging the neighbor's property, I suggest that you bring a lawsuit to obtain a court order demanding your neighbor remove the attachments, allowing you to remove the attachments and/or to be awarded any damages you may be entitled as a result of the neighbor's attachments.

I hope this information is helpful.

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Assuming the fence is actually on your side of the property line, you have the right to ask her to remove it. Not only is the fence your property, she is also creating a hazard.

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