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Is a neighbor fence dispute a real thing?

There are people out there who love their neighbors. They enjoy everything about them, including the fact that they don't annoy them with loud noises and other nuisances. Of course, this is not the case with everybody. There are also those who face trouble with their neighbors, time and time again.

A fence dispute may not be something you have encountered in the past, but you never know what the future holds. There could come a time when a neighbor builds a fence that breaks some type of law. In this case, you need to know your options and how to deal with it accordingly.

Generally speaking, fence ordinances regulate the following:

-- Height

-- Location

-- Appearance

-- Material

For example, your community may have an ordinance to govern the height of a fence. While exceptions can and do exist, the homeowner will need to receive special permission from the appropriate party in order to move forward with their plans.

One of the most common reasons for a neighbor fence dispute is a fence built on a property line. Neighbors who get along may agree to split the cost. Others, those who don't get along, could turn this into a legal battle.

You may have never experienced the challenges of a neighbor fence dispute, but this is a real thing. This is something that many people have dealt with in the past.

If your neighbor built a fence, if you feel they broke some type of ordinance in doing so, it is important to know your rights and how to enforce them.

Source: FindLaw, "Neighbor Fence Disputes," accessed Oct. 08, 2015

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