Hid­den fence costs

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Les Gaunt, Mar­garet River

Some years ago my for­mer neigh­bours de­cided to sub­di­vide their land into three-to-eight 10-acre blocks, which were to be fenced at his cost.

We thought “OK, we will get a new fence”.

Af­ter a few years, the neigh­bour­ing prop­erty was sold.

It was only then, when I saw a sur­veyor, I asked him if the bound­ary pegs were cor­rect.

They were not. I lost 50sqm of land.

So be­fore you buy your house, make sure the fences have been paid for by the pre­vi­ous own­ers, or your neigh­bours might have a bill for you.

The Depart­ment of Com­merce has a book­let you can down­load. Be­fore you hire a fenc­ing con­trac­tor, make sure you know where the bound­ary pegs are and do the right thing.

The seller’s dis­claimer through their real es­tate agent means noth­ing in terms of the law.

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