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Grace Hoffman

'My neighbour's charging me £3,000 for a fence I never wanted - it's appalling'

While it's always worth keeping up the maintenance of your home and garden, it may not sit well with those living nearby if it turns out to be a nuisance.

A woman has admitted she's 'appalled and shocked' after realising the people next door are building a neighbouring fence after the specifically told them not to. She claims she was consulted over the £3,000 charge but rejected the proposal as she doesn't have the money.

Taking to popular forum Mumsnet, the woman explained: "A new home was built a couple of years ago at the end of our garden - on the grounds of a much bigger house. The owner has built a horrible Footballer's House-style mansion there.

She's 'appalled and shocked' by the building work (stock photo) (Getty Images)

She went on: "Our next-door neighbours went 50/50 on a fence with him last year. He came around late last week to ask about us going 50/50 on a fence to screen off his driveway (a continuation of our neighbour's fence).

"He said it would 'only' cost us £3k. And the workers were ready to do it now, like that day. We were not consulted on the sort of fence.

"He said he couldn't show us invoices as it was 'through his building company'. We said no, we don't want a fence, we don't have £3k and the hedge is on our land.

"Today, his workers have gone ahead and mowed down the hedge saying it is their side of the boundary. I don't trust them not to have moved the wire fence that was there. My husband is away and coming back today. They know this and have gone ahead before he gets back. I am appalled and shocked."

Seeking advice, she questioned: "The council say I need to get hold of deeds but beyond that - any other advice...???"

Taking to the comment section, one shocked user wrote: "What a cheeky t***. What did he say when he came round?"

The Mumsnet user replied: "I didn't let him get the chance. My barrister friend said not to speak to him or he'll claim that verbal agreement was reached. Told him we'd speak when husband back and shut the door."

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