Boundary walls and fences must be strategically planned to give you the best security you can get for your business or home.
You need to ensure that boundary walls and fences are correctly positioned. Usually neighbours will share the costs involved in erecting a boundary wall or fence, but there are times when one neighbour will refuse to have anything to do with erecting the wall or fence between the two properties.
Make sure that you then erect the wall or fence on your own property. You may need to bring in a surveyor, as the pegs from the original surveyed land will have been removed.
You will still be able to erect your wall or fence, the only requirement will be that you erect it on YOUR property only. In no way must it encroach on an unwilling neighbour’s property, and that includes the foundation which is wider and longer than the wall itself.
The wall or fence will then belong to you only..
Your neighbour is prohibited from doing anything on his side which may threaten the stability of the wall or fence. For instance, he/she may not dig down next to your wall on their side if it will weaken or threaten the stability of the wall.
Should they wish to do some sort of excavation on their side, they will have to erect a retaining wall, or some other structure that will provide lateral support to the wall. A retaining wall will require plans
Should ownership be shared, then the wall will be erected on the boundary of both properties, and all costs will be shared equally. Ownership will also be shared equally.
The ideal foundation should be 1,5m deep and wider than the wall or fence, so that it can provide a strong support for the wall or fence, and it is also an excellent deterrent to anyone attempting to dig under the fence or wall to breach either property.
It is always better to plan well before implementing, as it helps in avoiding any errors which can prove costly if mistakes are made, and the wall or fence has to be broken down and replaced.
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