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Question DetailsAsked on 7/27/2017

If my neighbor put a picket fence on the property line, am I permitted to put mesh on my side without permission?

I am installing a fence to protect my small dogs. My HOA does not allow back to back fencing, and my dogs can get through my neighbor's wrought iron fence. May I legally put wire mesh on the bottom of my side of my neighbor's fence even if my neighbor does not want me to do so?

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Talk to your HOA about this - because the one-fence rule throws a kink into your normal solution, which would be to just put in some metal stakes to tie the mesh to. They may madate that the neighbor allow the mesh to be put up (offering to use the only slightly more expensive green vinyl-coated stuff might mitigate the objection).

If the neighbor's fence is right on the property line technically it belongs to both of you regardless of who put it up, and you "have" to coopearate on its installation and maintenance and design. Of course, if he/she refuses to cooperate then that is where the courts get involved.

If fence (your side of it) is just a hair on his side then you would normally not be able to legally attach your mesh to it.

Otherwise, you have a legal right to protect your property and to fence it to keep your dog safe and contained, so if his fence is not adequate for stopping the dogs you might have to challenge the HOA rule. If you make it clear they may be looking at an expensive lawsuit if they do not put pressure on the neighbor to make his fence dog-proof (and to change the rule so fences have to be at least nominally (aside from serious diggers) dog-proof.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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