Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:40
The deeds to the property should indicate the ownership/responsibilities relating to the boundaries. The usual way of showing this is a tiny symbol which looks like a capital letter T on the site plan - like this:
which means that the owner of the land above the line owns/is responsible for the boundary. If the T were upside down - beneath the line - whoever owned that land would be responsible. It's not very likely - in a development where gardens adjoin - that one person would "own" all the boundaries. Quite often it's one side of the plot and perhaps the rear boundary, if there's no other property to the rear. It used to be fairly easy to recognise this, as fence panels often have a "back" and a "front", and years ago people used to fix the fencing so that the "back" faced on to their garden area, with the "front" facing outwards.
Some panels look the same on both sides, and sometimes people say that they want what they feel is the "best looking" side to face their own garden - so in both these instances it's very hard to tell whose fence it is.
If the rear of the plot backs on to (or was) part of open ground it's possible that when it was purchased for development the purchaser was responsible for erecting some kind of fence on completion of that purchase.
As a result of all this, it can be a bit of a nightmare sometimes to work it all out, so the first thing I'd suggest you do is to contact the solicitor/conveyancer you used when buying the property so that you can establish just what your rights and responsibilities are. If you have a mortgage, the deeds may not be with the solicitor now, but the Land Registry is something to check and you may be able to do that on-line yourself.
Last edited: 15 October 2016 17:41:47