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Good morning, I'm sorry to hear of your dilemma. Your town's zoning laws as regard fences do not mandate contribution by your adjoining property owners for a fence that you want to erect on your property boundary; separating the other three properties from yours. In most instances like this, while contribution is the neighborly thing to do, it is not legally enforceable. Do you know the history of your fence? You say that it is owned by the three neighbors, but you don't mention that you have any ownership in it. Have you determined whether the fence is exactly on the property line as opposed to an inch or more on your property--or theirs? My experience has been that it is very difficult to get all your neighbors to agree at the same time to replace a privacy fence--and the fact that the economy is in such rough shape you may find even greater than normal resistance to your proposed project. You don't mention whether you have approached your neighbors with your construction proposal yet. I suggest that you run it by them and get their initial reactions. Absent any clear support from your local regulations as to monetary contribution requirements, you may well need to reconsider whether it is worthwhile to construct the new fence if it will be at your expense, with little or no contribution. I wish you the best in 2009.
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