How can I get my neighbor to remove this ad hoc, eyesore of a fence?
May 25, 2014 4:41 PM Subscribe
This winter we bought a house in a Boston, MA neighborhood. A couple weeks ago, our next-door neighbor put up an ad-hoc fence using plastic netting and some flimsy spikes. The fence promptly fell over. They've since replaced it with this fence
. I do not want this fence to be there. How do I get them to get rid of it?
posted by santry to Home & Garden (27 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have not met these neighbors, not even to exchange pleasantries. Any time I enter my back yard, they leave their back yard. Our other neighbors say that this fence may be there because the fence-builder's dog (a Lhasa apso?) bit a previous resident. As you can see from the photo, this fence would not prevent the dog from entering our yard as it doesn't even run the length of the property. My other neighbors also say that, based on their experience, simply asking the fence-neighbor to remove the fence is unlikely to get me anywhere.
Is it even legal to put up a fence like this? I haven't had the land surveyed, so I don't know how close it is to the actual property line. I don't want to go straight to the lawyers unless I have to. I guess I'm partially wondering whether my objection to the fence is reasonable.