As a new home owner should we care about how our fence is put up considering it affects both you and your neighbour? Word of warning to anyone building, you may be shocked about how things happen.
The sad thing is that so many people fall into the category of having your builder supply everything. Everything including your fences. Now imagine this. Your builder installs a fence. Without any consultation with your neighbour and with no discussion with yourself. They'll install it as per the council rules. 1.8m from the level of your yard.
A few problems with this....
1. You actually are at a lower point then your neighbours, if you install your fence first then its likely your builder won't raise the fence for your neighbour so they end up with a 4-5 foot fence, a fence they can look over without any issues at all.
2. Your neighbour actually needs to put in a retaining wall which you actually maybe responsible for. If your fence is installed before hand your giving your neighbour a lot of work to try and retrofit it, he may also have to cop the wall on his property fully rather then on the fence line. Council states that if the land is altered then the difference is covered by each owner, relevant to how much the owner changed the land. So if I made no change to the levels then I'm responsible for zero. If I change my land by 20% then I pay 20%.
3. Your neighbour may start organising quotes and the builder just goes ahead anyway, waisting a lot of time by different people.
I'm sort of going through this at the moment and have a few good examples of this. Yet....I could do what everyone else is doing and simply put up a fence and take no consideration of the neighbour and make it there problem. After all that's what the builders seem to do. Unlike me I didn't ask the builder to do it so I could check what my neighbours wanted. Not sure if I should have bothered with how things have gone on.
Take a look at this photo, perfect example of the problems this is going to cause. The back fence has been dug down to install without contacting any neighbours, the back fence defiantly needs a retaining wall and to top it off the fence installers have put all the dirt onto their neighbours property. They have also excavated my property and affected my levels.
So......should we worry so much, looks like no one else is?