As Farmer Freddy heads back to the house after a hard morning's milking, he shivers. There's a slight cold snap in the morning air. Warming up with a hot cup of tea and toast, he ponders what to do around the farm before winter sets in.
While out and about the previous day, he noticed some of his fences were not looking so good, especially those at the back of the farm, adjoining Farmer Joe's property.
Running through some costings in his head, Freddy is interrupted by the phone ringing. It is Pebbles calling to check up on her father.
"I've just been planning some new fencing for the farm and running through some costs," says Freddy.
"That will keep you busy," replies Pebbles. "Whereabouts?"
"Out the back, where it joins on to Joe's farm," Freddy says.
"You know you can talk with Joe about having him contribute to some of the cost, don't you?" asks Pebbles. "The cost of building or repairing a fence is to be shared equally between adjoining owners, unless, of course, one owner damages it, which would make it their responsibility to repair it."
"That's great," says Freddy excitedly. "I like the sound of that. So how much can I ask Joe to contribute?"
"The general rule is that you each pay half of the reasonable costs. As the fencing is in a rural area, you would need to construct a fence which is appropriate for that area," explains Pebbles.
"Well, great to talk," says Freddy, hinting an end to their conversation. "I will head up and have a word with Joe about this fencing right now."
Lawyers and legal executives from Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen write fortnightly about legal topics affecting farmers. The content of this article is necessarily general, and readers should seek specific advice and not rely solely on what is written here.
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