My neighbour’s put up a new fence on my property & wants ME to pay £2k for it – he just laughed when I said I can’t | The Sun

DEALING with neighbours can sometimes be a bit of a headache, but one’s woman neighbour seems to have taken the cake for this.

Returning home from work, while nine months pregnant, an anonymous woman says that she found a new fence being put up in her garden, and when she asked her neighbour about this was told she needs to fork out around £2k for this.

Posting to Reddit’s home improvement forum the woman writes: “Back in early April my partner and I were outside doing yard work and ended up chatting with our next door neighbour about a potential fencing project we were thinking about doing.”

Adding that this neighbour owns a landscaping company and does masonry and fencing too, and had previously completed a couple of projects for her.

“When we were talking about this next project he said he would have to get back to us with a quote because he wasn't exactly sure how much it would cost for materials. He said he would be checking it out later that week and would stop by to either let us know or just leave a quote in the mailbox, but he figured it would be around $2k. 

“We told him to get us the quote, but if it were going to cost around $2k we would probably just do it ourselves later down the road or talk to him again once prices drop. We were honest and upfront about that, it's not a large section of fencing and that price was bananas to us.”

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This was the last they heard about the project for a while until the neighbour came round to tell them the materials had been ordered, to which the woman’s partner told him they needed to know the price before agreeing to proceed – the neighbour responded to this simply by laughing.

The woman then says: “Well, cue to today, June 21st. I am 9 months pregnant and heading home early from work when I see my neighbour's workers have taken down my fence and already put half of a new fence up!!”

She tried to speak to the workers to find out what was going on but none of them spoke English, she ended up having to use google translate to talk, but was finally able to get the neighbour on the phone.

“He thought there was a problem with the quality of the wooden fence. I told him, "The main problem is you never got us a quote and we didn't agree for you to start this work. I don't even know what figure I'm looking at here!

“He LAUGHED! He said the wooden panels are $220 a piece (there are 3.5) and the fibre/plastic panelling is $330 per panel (like three and 1/4 pieces??) and the cost of the gate is $450. I told him there is no way I can pay that right now and again repeated that we didn't agree to the cost let alone moving forward with the project.” 

He then said that he was in the hospital and would be around to discuss these concerns later.

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The woman writes that when her partner returned home he was furious and, “unhappy with the quality of the wooden fencing and just the fact that our neighbour went ahead and did this anyway without a contract or quote or agreement of any kind.”

In an edit, she adds that she’s known the neighbour since she was a pre-teen and would rather not have a negative confrontation and end up on bad terms with him.

Commenters on the post were quick to give their opinions and advice, with one writing: “Nothing in writing. No verbal contract. No down payment. He had no deal. This is his problem. Get him to prove you asked for it in any form.”

“You don't pay a dime to the guy op. He took an idle chat about a fence and went full steam ahead on his own. I'd tell him we didn't agree to anything and never authorised the work. It was done without your consent or knowledge,” wrote a second Reddit user.

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A third added: “You never got the quote, you never formally agreed to the project, And most importantly you didn’t sign anything… There’s nothing he can hold over you for it.”

Others suggest that he may be trying to do something nice for the woman and her partner by gifting them a new fence they’d been talking about, but others pointed out that if this were the case he wouldn’t be asking the couple for £2k.

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