My neighbor wants me to pay them labour costs, for fixing a fencing violation we share without ever discussing with me
My neighbor and I share a fence. It is on the property line. Basically, it was found to violate city bylaws. We were told by the city to have it removed,
or else we will be fined each. This had to be done by a deadline.
it was nearly impossible to get a hold of them. So I called the city, and he said I could remove it without their permission, since the fence is a safety violation,
and both of us share this responsibility.
I tried contacting them to discuss the situation again. I told him in an email that I could hire a contractor and we split the costs. IFinally they answered. Instead, they said they would do it themselves:
. Their words.My husband can do it, it's so simple
I thought great. They can take care of that, and I won't have to worry.
They put it off. So I contacted them, saying I am gonna have to send someone to fix the fence, since deadline was coming and I didn't want to get fined.
They said they will get it done on deadline and
I said if it is not done, I will do it."there is no need to send someone, I will take have my husband do it".
Finally, deadline came, and fence is still the same. I then sent my person come over the next day to take it apart to fix it. I was not gonna bother asking them to reimburse labour costs, since I just wanted to get the fence done with and not fined They said
They did fix the fence, but now are demanding money for their labour because they are upset. They are very possessive of this fence because they sent me a text saying:"no, put it back, my husband will do it today. I had to go to the hospital".
but this isn't their fence. it is on the property line, which is why i am was gonna get fined if it wasn't solved. It is shared.I did not give you permission to touch my fence
the fix did not involve any material costs. it just involved removing a few boards. they basically just unscrewed the bolts and took down a few boards.
So I never agreed to paying anything. I never agreed to any costs, neither were any costs mentioned to me prior or during this fiasco. It was only when the job was finished they threw a surprise cost.
Do I need to pay them anything? I have everything in text: how they refused to have me send someone over, and how they said they would do it themselves because they said it was "so simple".
They are demanding payment because they think this fence of ours is theirs, and that it is precious. I don't care for the fence. I just want to not get fined by the city.,