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The first thing you need to find out is how long the fence has been there......and whether the neighbor pays taxes on the area in question. IF so, it is possible that the property has been acquired by the neighbor under the laws of adverse possession.
If it has not been adversely possessed, you can ask the neighbor to move the fence or sue and have it removed if necessary.
Here's a good link about adverse possession: http://statelaws.findlaw.com/california-law/california-adverse-possession-laws.html
You could offer some compromise to the neighbor if you'd like to. But, if communications break down, you can always proceed with seeking a court order requiring the person to remove the fence.
Your neighbor could have adversely possessed the property since the purchase in 2009 -- it only takes 5 years and payment of taxes.
So, you probably don't want to start tearing things down without a court order.
This should be something you can handle in small claims court.....which would be inexpensive and quick.
You're much better off to sue and get a court order giving you the authority to remove the fence as opposed to tearing it down and being sued for tearing up your neighbor's property.
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