Ease your Frustrations – 5 Ways to Handle Neighbourhood Fence Disputes
Every year thousands of Queenslanders find themselves in the middle of neighbourhood disputes about fences. The new Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Act 2011 makes it easier for neighbours to resolve their disputes.
Adjoining land owners not divided by an adequate fence are liable to equally share the cost of a dividing fence.
Here are 5 ways to maintain your neighbourly relations
- Know your rights: research the new Neighbourhood Disputes Resolution Act 2011.
- Communicate with your Neighbour: a friendly conversation is often all that needs to happen to raise the topic.
- Get it in writing: When you and your neighbour agree on the type of fence, cost sharing etc, get the agreement in writing.
- Go to mediation: If an agreement cannot be reached, consider mediation as an alternative way of settling the dispute.
- Seek legal advice: If an issue escalates, you may need to seek legal advice.
Special provisions apply to bodies corporate/owners corporation in relation to fences; these can be specified clearly upfront in the by-laws for future clarity.
Talk to the SSKB Developer Consulting team on 5504 2015 or firstname.lastname@example.org and learn how to ease future Neighbourhood Fence disputes.