That’s not the case anymore. Now we are boxed in, and there is no more open space.
When new houses go up, a tacit form of leeching takes place among neighbors; the first home will put in a fence, and then the next resident takes advantage of this. The later arrivals get to hook on to the existing fence, which saves them money.
A few months back, one of the few remaining lots in our area was sold, and a house started going up. The builder of this structure noticed something odd, did some measuring and informed the future home-owner that the house next to the lot had accidentally placed their fence 18” across the property line. (Yes, that’s INCHES.)
Therefore, it was technically encroaching into the new home’s yard.
This infuriated the new-to-be homeowner, and he immediately contacted his soon-to-be neighbor and shouted, “Get your fence off my property!”
The Fence Owner, shamed, contacted the fence company and explained, “Hey, when you put the fence in, you put it in the wrong place.”
The fence company, for reasons that defy all logic, said, “It’s going to cost you $900 for us to move it.”
I shall repeat that: the fence company that put the fence in the wrong place the first time, said they were going to charge $900 to correct their mistake.
The Fence Owner was unhappy with this arrangement, and through diligent searching found someone willing to move the fence for $400.
(Why they paid at all and didn’t take the original fence company to court is unknown to me, but I digress.)
The manner in which the Fence Owner responded, however, makes me smile. They moved the fence 10” inside their own property line.
This move did not go unnoticed by the New Home Owner, who quickly contacted the Fence Owner: “Hey, you put your fence on your own property; I can’t attach to it without your permission, and it’s going to cost me $1,000 to build a section of fence down the property line.”
The Fence Owner replied, “I know. I did that on purpose.”
I say: Well. Played.
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