ecofarmer wrote:I live in a different state and this information will be based of the knowledge of how our laws work.
I'm posting this because of the lack of information left by vintagejuls and to show some of the issues and what can be done about a fence.
-Check the dead of the property to see if any of the fences are talked about. I bet there not but where we are at it would most likely get filled by the owner of the fence.
-Is the fence on the land survey? If it is on your land but dose not belong to you then you should fill out paperwork for getting it moved or to take half ownership of the fence and be responsible for half the upkeep.
-If you plant something that grows onto the fence then it would be your reasonability to remove it and fix it at any time unless you have a say on the fence.
-If the fence is on your property but not yours you can file a trespassing order against the fence. Depending on the state if they can not prove that it was there for X amount of time (squatterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rights) then the owner would be responsible for removing the fence and damages form the fence.
I have seen someone move into a new house and end up in a mess because the fence was not fixed, they want to upgrade the fence, a gate was left open, or they cut a chunk of it down.
omitted information because I'm not an attorney nor am I familiar with the county (or township) laws or building codes in regard to the Original Poster's area. However, from both personal as well as professional (Realtor experience), my preference was to give the OP 'food for thought' since the question was about a HEDGE not a FENCE.
This forum is to provide helpful information in a courteous manner; NOT to attack or belittle information left by other members.
BTW, I think you meant to say 'Deed of the Property' not "dead..."
Thank for the thought. I actually am an attorney and I know that there are things that can be done, but the whole point is that I don't want to rub anyone the wrong way. I am the new guy in the neighborhood and the last thing I want to do is to give a bad first impression. These 3 neighbors have had there fences for who knows how long, and in one sense I am lucky the have them - my whole yard is fenced in, which is good for the dog I plan to get, without me having to bear any of the expense of a fence.
I just want a sense of privacy in the backyard that you just can't get with chain link. I like to be out there grilling and have friends over, etc., and I am a private person and don't want neighbors to be able to watch me out their windows or listen to my conversations. But I would rather leave things as is, than to start a war or make my neighbors not like me. This is why I was thinking hedge. It gets the job done without being too controversial. That is, if I can come up with the right plant (or if it exists).
I really appreciate anyone and everyone chiming in because this is sort of a brain-storming thing really. I am young, first-time homeowner, and am open to suggestions of how to deal with this situation, either through suggestions of appropriate plants to get the job done, or other ideas that I haven't thought of.
Please keep 'em comin'!