I want to paint my neigh­bour’s wall

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Craig Fran­cis Con­trib­u­tor

Good day, read­ers. Thanks for your con­tin­ued sup­port. To­day we again have a ques­tion from a reader and my sub­se­quent re­sponse.

Good even­ing Mr Fran­cis, I re­cently moved into my new home and I am try­ing to as­cer­tain how to pro­ceed on a mat­ter. My neigh­bour al­ready had a wall at the back sep­a­rat­ing our prop­er­ties. Since I moved in, two or three more rows of blocks were added to raise the level of the wall. Now be­cause of how long this wall was there, it is un­sightly and my clothes line is right next to it. So I am ask­ing if I am at lib­erty to ren­der this wall or add trowel on to it for the aes­thet­ics, and also to en­sure my clothes do not go against this dirty wall. Re­gards. D. L.

Good day D.L, Thanks for con­tact­ing A Mat­ter of Land on this very im­por­tant mat­ter to you. I rec­om­mend that you get a land sur­veyor to check the bound­ary to en­sure that the wall as con­structed is in the cor­rect place and that there is no en­croach­ment. He will also de­ter­mine if the bound­ary line runs down the mid­dle of the wall or along the face that you see. Once he has ver­i­fied that the wall is in its cor­rect po­si­tion, then on to the next step. If, how­ever, the wall is in­cor­rectly built, then you and your neigh­bour will have to rec­tify the bound­ary wall be­fore you con­tinue with any­thing else.


The Di­vid­ing Fence Act re­quires that the bound­ary fence erected be­tween two ad­join­ing prop­er­ties be con­structed at a cost shared be­tween the two regis­tered own­ers. So then, my next ad­vice to you is to en­gage your neigh­bour in set­tling the cost for your half of the wall that’s al­ready erected. He should give you the ac­tual cost at the time he had the wall erected and then you would pay him 50 per cent of that amount. When you do that, you can go ahead and paint and trowel on as you please to make it more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing to you.

It is im­por­tant that you and your neigh­bour live in har­mony as best as is pos­si­ble, so what I have sug­gested to you is the best way to go about en­sur­ing that the har­mony be­tween you and your neigh­bour is main­tained. You may choose to paint with­out first con­sult­ing your neigh­bour, espe­cially if three inches of the wall is on your side of the bound­ary line. How­ever, it may cause prob­lems be­tween you and your neigh­bour.

I hope you are able to very soon paint the wall and make it more pleas­ing to the eyes and also have and main­tain a healthy re­la­tion­ship with your neigh­bour, as it ought to be. Please keep me up­dated on the mat­ter.

Un­til next time, tra­verse well.

Craig Fran­cis is a com­mis­sioned land sur­veyor and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Pre­ci­sion Sur­vey­ing Ser­vices Ltd. He can be con­tacted for ques­tions or queries at craig_r_fran­cis@ya­hoo.com or Pre­ci­sion Sur­vey­ing Ser­vices


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