Storm Isha aftermath: Determining responsibility for garden fence repair
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Storm Isha aftermath: Determining responsibility for garden fence repair

One of the common issues is fence damage, which can be severe, leading to the entire structure being blown away.

Repairing fences in residential areas can be complicated due to ownership and property line issues.

Who is responsible for repairing a garden fence during a storm in the UK?

Neighbours are usually expected to repair a fence if the deeds specify this. (Image: Getty)

According to solicitors at BP Collins, there is a common misconception that everyone owns the boundary to the left of the property. In fact, the legal position is that property owners are obligated to maintain a boundary structure only if the deeds show a repair or maintenance covenant for that effect.

How can I tell if a fence is mine?

Homeowners can determine if a fence is theirs during a dispute over repair responsibility by checking the title plan. If there is a ‘T’ mark on your side of the boundary, you will be responsible for its maintenance. If there are two ‘T’ marks forming an ‘H’ mark, there will be a joint maintenance responsibility between you and the neighbor.

If the property deeds don’t specify fence ownership, it is best to discuss this with your neighbor and come to an agreement, preferably with the assistance of a solicitor.