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My neighbor is constructing a 7 8 foot fence along the

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My neighbor is constructing...

My neighbor is constructing a 7 8 foot fence along the boundaries which will end up making my property look unslightly...all this trouble started when his 80 pine tree fell across my lawn and I took him to small claims court and won a judgement against him...he hasn't talked to me in 4 years now this fence is degrading to my property what can I do

Lawyer's Assistant: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Massachusetts

Lawyer's Assistant: Has any paperwork been filed?

No

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Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 9 months ago
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Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

As a general rule, so long as he follows the local code, he is free to erect a fence on his own property without your permission.

What you can do is confirm if a permit is required and that he has taken one out if it is.

You would want to call the local building department.

Also, you may want to order a boundary survey to confirm he is not encroaching on your property.

Otherwise, I am sorry to say, he is legally within his rights to erect a code compliant fence on his own property.

I am sorry. I wish I could tell you otherwise, but I do not want you spinning your wheels on this.

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