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Painting "My Side" of the fence

Can I paint “my side” of my neighbour’s fence? Do I need permission?

I wonder did this listener knock on the neighbour's door and ask if they had any objecting yo painting? This is not seeking permission - just courtesy.

That said, the legal answer to this Listener’s question all depends on where exactly the wooden fence is sited.    Is it directly on the boundary line or was it erected by the neighbour fully on their side of the boundary line?   The map on the title deeds will give you the answer to that.

There is a legal presumption that every wall or fence dividing two people’s property running down the boundary line is a party wall or fence.   If this is the case then you are entitled to paint on it because it is on your side of the boundary. If the fence is fully located on your neighbour's side then you cannot.

Before you do anything you should check your title map which  should be accessible via the Land Registry – www.landregistry.ie   or www.prai.ie

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