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Old 02-22-2016, 01:04 PM
 
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I just recently purchased my home in Clarksville, TN. I live in a subdivision, but not one that has a HOA. my house is the corner lot of a cul-de-sac and my backyard is fenced in with a chain link fence. The neighbors on the side are renters and the neighbor behind me owns his home. I share one side and the back fence with these neighbors, but the third side is on my property and is not shared. I am wanting to replace the entire chain link fence with PVC vinyl fence. I was only given lot dimensions, so I am unsure if the shared fence is on the property line, and if so, can I replace it? if it is my fence, do I have the right to replace it without permission on the neighbors?
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:31 PM
 
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I just recently purchased my home in Clarksville, TN. I live in a subdivision, but not one that has a HOA. my house is the corner lot of a cul-de-sac and my backyard is fenced in with a chain link fence. The neighbors on the side are renters and the neighbor behind me owns his home. I share one side and the back fence with these neighbors, but the third side is on my property and is not shared. I am wanting to replace the entire chain link fence with PVC vinyl fence. I was only given lot dimensions, so I am unsure if the shared fence is on the property line, and if so, can I replace it? if it is my fence, do I have the right to replace it without permission on the neighbors?
The first thing I would do is look for your property line markers to determine whose property the fence is on. If you don't have existing markets or don't trust them then get a property line survey done.
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Eastern Tennessee
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The first thing I would do is look for your property line markers to determine whose property the fence is on. If you don't have existing markets or don't trust them then get a property line survey done.
Exactly. Must know the property lines. If the fence is entirely on your property you can replace it without anyone's permission but out of courtesy I would at least tell the neighbors ahead of time.
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:47 PM
 
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I know fences aren't the norm in most of the midwest (at least the parts I've visited) but I honestly don't know of anyone who would prefer a chain link fence over pretty much any other option.

Now if you were asking them to split the cost, that is another thing. But like other mentioned above, get property lines surveyed so you know where you want to put your new fence, give the neighbors a heads up, and I'm sure there won't be any issues.
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Old 02-22-2016, 05:39 PM
 
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Ditto get the property surveyed. If the fence is a common fence and someone depends on it to keep their dog in the yard, they won't want to see something else go up.

I live in an Ag county in TN, where the old fence rows are not only boundary lines and common fence where repairs are shared, they keep livestock in.

If a new neighbor moved in who didn't like the looks of the boundary fence and wanted it gone, there would be Trouble In River City because my horses live on the other side of that fence.

If they didn't have livestock, all the repairs of that common fence would fall on us because we do have livestock. As it is, we took responsibility for a fence row when that neighbor sold out of his cattle.

So, as has already been commented, not only find the survey pins or get that side re-surveyed, then talk to the neighbor regardless of where the survey ends up. You are "the new kid on the block" and making waves over a fence is not a good way to start out in a new neighborhood.

Who knows maybe the neighbor will breath a sigh of relief and say "I thought you'd never ask"
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:51 PM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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You "might" need to pull a permit...
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