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Dividing Fence

Discussion in 'Legal Issues' started by Vanillascent, 20th Mar, 2016.

  1. Vanillascent

    Vanillascent Well-Known Member

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    Looking for some thoughts on my dividing fence issue.

    I have 5 neighbours surrounding my PPOR and I want to do a low cost Reno to the dividing fence. The fence was constructed in 1994 and is alternate slat style (example style: How To Be a Good Neighbor - AJB Construction Services). I just want to give it a lick of paint (currently not painted) to freshen it up and modernise.

    I want to paint the horizontal beams from my side to give it a well rounded look rather than leaving it patchy. However painting the horizontal beams from my side (not the neighbours) makes it troublesome as my neighbour can technically see the paint colour from their side when on an angle. I've looked around the neighborhood and it looks like a lot of people have painted their side like I intend to paint mine (some have done a super tough job whereas I'm particular).

    I'm not looking to seek any form of contribution from my neighbour, I just want to paint the fence and not cause a dispute with my neighbours. I've looked at the legislation and realise I need to discuss with my relevant neighbours before I "attach" anything to the fence. But it seems silly to me to have to get permission off a neighbour to paint my side of the fence - if it was a standard fence I don't think any neighbours would bat an eyelash over me painting it provided paint wasn't damaging their side.

    The question is, do you think I should ask and run the risk of having to deal with neighbours saying no or do I paint and hope they just deal with it. I just think putting in a legal notice for a dividing fence seems over the top just to paint my side. Thoughts? Anyone else had this experience?

    Thanks!

    Benita
     
  2. D.T.

    D.T. Adelaide Property Manager Business Member

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    Given its your side of the fence, I doubt it's an issue to paint it.
     
  3. Cadbury99

    Cadbury99 Well-Known Member

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    To maintain good relations with neighbours I would inform them before I did it, rather than asking them. I wouldn't mention that they might be able to see it though.
     
  4. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    Are you going to use a brush or spray it?
    Using a brush shouldn't be an issue.
     
  5. Vanillascent

    Vanillascent Well-Known Member

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    Brush. Figured a spray gun would cause issues.
     
  6. Azazel

    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    I'd say just go for it.
    What's that saying, rather ask for forgiveness than permission.