Important Questions To Know About Fencing

If you are a resident of Perth and want to build a fence between your property and that of your neighbour, you don’t need to argue forever about how it should be done or who will pay. Just go through these important obligations to know everything.

What Side Of The Fence Should The Railings Be On?

There is no specific rule as to which side of a fence the railings should be. If neighbours cannot agree on which side the railings should be, they must consider a type of fence without visible railings. One of the most common example is Colorbond fencing. These are of different colours and are made of a specialised steel. Fencing repairs also become easy when Colorbond products are installed.

Brick And Pillar Fences

A fence is normally be built on the boundary line, however a brick and pillar fence should be built on the proposer’s property. This is because they cover extra space.

Who Owns The Fence?

A fence is a joint asset of both adjoining owners, regardless of who paid for it. Both parties can use it to grow vines or attach trellises, without damaging the fence.

Damage Or Removal Of A Fence

If anyhow, a fence is damaged or destroyed because of the wrongful act or negligence of an owner, that person is liable for the cost of repairs. In this case, the adjoining owner can have the fence repaired and claim the cost as a debt in the Magistrates Court.

If a fence is removed temporarily by a neighbour without the consent of the adjoining owner, or without following the procedure under the Fences Act, he/she may be liable to compensate the other owner. It is, therefore, a good idea to obtain the agreement of the adjoining owner beforehand.

How High Can A Fence Be Without Requiring Council Approval?

Fences which are over one to 2.1 metres high (except post and wire fences) will usually require development approval from the local council. Fences adjacent to road intersections and around swimming pools require approval as well.

Rental Properties

As a general rule, a landlord cannot recover the costs of fencing under a residential tenancy agreement except where the work was required as a result of an act or fault of the tenant.

Knowing about these crucial factors on fencing can help you a lot during the installation process.

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