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Advice needed: Townhome fencing

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Jul 29, 2020
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Advice needed: Townhome fencing

Hi all,

We live in a freehold townhouse, with neighbours on both sides. Our one neighbour approached us about getting a fence installed in the backyard, which we are in agreement with to help contain our dog and increase privacy. Our other neighbour is adamant that she does not want a fence of any sort installed. She has a large dog that frequently comes onto our property, and we would like to complete fencing on both sides even if we absorb the entire cost.

The local municipality has advised that property line fencing is largely a civil issue and governed by the Line Fences Act. They can send fence viewers over to arbitrate a solution, but we’re hoping to avoid that route as it is time intensive. Any advice?
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Deal Addict
May 16, 2017
2277 posts
I think you need to clarify what your property status is. Depending upon jurisdiction, "freehold" doesn't distinguish whether the "townhouse" is part of a strata, bareland strata or what. If part of a strata, the strata bylaws are what matter.
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Nov 23, 2011
738 posts
West GTA
Good luck, went through that when we were in a townhouse. One neighbour said they couldn't afford to do a fence so didn't want one.

We ended up paying their half of the shared fence and the next week they started a full backyard renovation with stone, artificial grass, a deck, etc.

Be careful of people who say they "dont want a fence" because many times, they just dont want to PAY for a fence. I was the sucker in my case.
May 15, 2017
266 posts
Maybe builders should start having buyers sign some sort of agreement to have fences built between properties, to avoid this very situation. There must be a solution out there.
But really, 99% of the time it is probably a non-issue, people are reasonable, and a fence gets built with some sort of agreement between neighbours.

Unless you are really good friends with your neighbour and you both agree on it, what ground could someone have to be adamant in never wanting a fence?

Unreasonable people are the worst.
Deal Addict
Nov 16, 2011
1496 posts
We owned a rental unit is a 6 unit town house complex. Was freehold. Whole thing was open and guy next door decided he wanted a fence on our side and simply put it up with no consultation.

Easy to find when each unit ends as they adjoin.

We didn't care and as a matter of fact ended up fencing the other side and back without consulting the other neighbor.

Freehold, means no strata etc, so fair game if you want to put up a fence at your cost......

ust put up your fence 1" on your side......


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