The fence between my neighbor's house and my house has been damaged by a tree on their side of the fence growing larger and starting to push the fence down. The fence is further weakened by the fact that my neighbor's dog (a very large German Shepherd) often jumps on it when she barks at things in my yard. For the safety of my family I want to get the fence replaced. I would like the owner of the next door property to pay for half. The problem is the property is a rental and the tenants wont give me the landlord's contact info. How can I find out who owns the property?
I looked for info and found this question
, however it doesn't really help with a situation where the property is a rental.
I've been over to the neighbors twice to ask for the landlord's contact info. I explained nicely that I was worried about the fence falling down and their dog getting into my backyard and killing my chickens. I really was nice, I brought them eggs and wasn't all like, "You're dog is breaking the fence, Yo!" Instead I blamed it all on the tree. The neighbors made excuses for not giving me the landlord's contact info both times. Once the lady said she had the landlord's number at work and would get it and give it to me later in the week and the second time the man said he would bring it over later that day because he was going to call the landlord himself about something so he'd bring over the number when he "dug it out." But, obviously, they never brought over the number. I don't know for sure, but I get the feeling they don't want to give me the number. It doesn't feel like they are just forgetting. The nice thing is they have been LOTS better about not letting the dog jump on the fence and bark!
So what do you guys think I should do? I want to call the landlord but I don't know how to find out who they are. Maybe I shouldn't call the landlord because maybe the neighbors are doing something they don't want the landlord to know about and they don't want him coming over to the house. If I call him on my own (assuming I can find out who it is), maybe they will be pissed. Life is MUCH better since they started correcting their dog and the fence is not having the daily stress of the dog jumping up on it. Still, it's in bad shape, and we have had to add some (ugly) extra boards to our side to keep it standing. A big wind will probably do it in. I don't want to replace it all by myself because it seems that the causes of the fence's eminent demise all come from the neighbor's side (it is an older fence but the other fences that border the other sides of my yard have several more good years to go). I had considered just leaving the fence in place and installing nice new fencing directly behind it so there would be a double layer of fence between myself and the rental property. Has anyone ever done something like that before? If so, how did it work out?
This is the first house I have ever owned so I have zero experience with this stuff. Any advice is very appreciated. I want to remain on good terms with all of my neighbors if possible, at the same time I want to solve this issue safely and fairly. Also I should add some (maybe) relevant facts such as; I live in Texas in the US, have no HOA and live in something called a "municipal utilities district."