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I am in the process of building a detached house on an unfenced freehold plot, and intend to put up a wooden fence on both boundaries. While my neighbours have no objection, neither of them is prepared to make any contribution to the cost of the fence and say they aren’t obliged to chip in. Are they correct?

Unless there’s anything in the title deeds of the neighbouring properties about construction and maintenance of fences they don’t have to contribute. Generally speaking a householder is free to decide whether or not he or she wants to fence a property and, similarly, whether to carry on maintaining an existing fence or wall. If you want a fence it’s up to you to build it.

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