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    Default Pay for half of the cost of the fence? I don't think so.

    We used to live with a driveway alongside our section up to the house at the rear. There was a tecoma hedge between our section and the drive which I kept cut and did so for a few years. The owners of the drive never volunteered to cut the hedge except on their side but not the top. That was up to me. I never complained about cutting the hedge. It was just something I did to keep the section tidy.

    We went for a 6 week overseas holiday and returned to find the hedge gone and a fence in it's place. I thought, that's good. I won't have to cut the hedge.

    Shortly after we returned the young lad (would have been in his 20s) came down to see us and asked us if we would pay for half of the fence. We told him, "No. We were quite happy with the hedge. Besides, you should have asked us before you removed the hedge." (It seems his parents did not have the gumption to ask us themselves!)

    We heard no more about it. They hardly ever spoke to us before this incident and so we were not surprised when they did not speak to us again.
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    Default Re: Pay for half of the cost of the fence? I don't think so.

    We had no fence at all between us and neigbs, the kids roamed wild, we had a volley ball net across it. Once we lit a bon fire on the border and had a big pissup.
    All was well until the house sold came home to see new neigbs making fence holes in the ground. This actually turned out all right as the new neighs were Christians who I have an extreme dislike for but they made the fence line about 1 m into their own property, put the flat (nice) section of the fence on my side and never asked for a cent.
    However the fence blew over in strong winds about 5 years ago the new again neigbs worked at ITM supplied the posts I supplied the cement and nails and we fixed it up using the same palings, cost bugger all.
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    Default Re: Pay for half of the cost of the fence? I don't think so.

    Bit rude not asking first.

    But:
    https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/fencing-law

    My neighbour, well someone there decided the raise the height of the lower bit. Except they just jumped the fence, took bits down and put up this utter abomination...I could build better than that! Mismatched heights, nails all over grass, bits not attached properly etc.

    I went and saw owner. Next thing there's a scary looking patched tattooed face guy examining it all. So I went and talked to him.

    He made comments about derogatory certain "useless" that were living there at the time, told me he is an actual builder, refused offers of help, materials and part of costs and ripped it all down and did a perfect job in 1/2 a day flat.
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    Default Re: Pay for half of the cost of the fence? I don't think so.

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Bit rude not asking first.

    But:
    https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/fencing-law
    Thank you for that, piroska. It said, "We had a fence, but my neighbour destroyed it. Now they want me to help pay for a new one. Do I have to?
    No. They were responsible for the damage and they have to pay."

    I thought that the hedge was like a fence. It was just over a metre tall. The neighbour destroyed it. They were responsible for the damage. So I don't see why I should have to pay. Perhaps they knew that and that was why they did not pursue it.
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    Default Re: Pay for half of the cost of the fence? I don't think so.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    I thought that the hedge was like a fence.The neighbour destroyed it. .
    I'd agree, I like hedges.
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    Default Re: Pay for half of the cost of the fence? I don't think so.

    Pretty telling they waited until you went on holiday to do it.
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    Default Re: Pay for half of the cost of the fence? I don't think so.

    If they wanted you to pay 1/2, they should have given you the opportunity to seek cheaper quotes & cheaper or better options .

    Although Im not sure if a hedge qualifies as a "fence" according to laws & local regs . ??

    My neighbor re-fenced without asking first . I was never asked to pay 1/2 .
    I wouldnt have been happy paying for that poor fencing job: looks nice, not well build (a part of it blew over in the wind)

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    Default Re: Pay for half of the cost of the fence? I don't think so.

    An aside to the above. Went through hedge etc. Ultimately agreed on a new fence. A laugh and a tribute to a lawyer's confidentiality. Neighbour said " I must confess I got ZZ to vet the final agreement letter"
    I laughed and said "so did I" Coincidence -our 2 firms both used the company she worked for legal matters and we (the Neighbour) and i often dealt with her routinely.

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