Couple get revenge after neighbour built 'hazardous' fence on their property
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A couple have taken revenge on their next door neighbour after the local resident built a ‘hazardous’ fence on their land.
Kath and Steve, who are on Instagram under the handle @life_at_number12_, were forced to take matters into their own hands when their neighbour erected a fence - supposedly on their land - which they said was also ‘hazardous’.
They said they’d given ‘Karen’ 24 days’ written notice to remove her fence from their land, but ultimately took their own DIY approach.
Rather than tearing it down, they decided to build their own 2m fence around it, saying this is the maximum height they could have constructed.
They said: “We gave ‘Karen’ 24 days written notice to remove her fence from out land."
The payback cost them £400 in building materials, but it sounds like they're happy with the end result.
Kath and Steve, from Darlington, shared the video on TikTok and Instagram, with a caption on the latter saying: “Dear Karen please remove your dilapidated and hazardous fence from our land we told her verbally last year.
“We followed this up by a written served letter detailing the position of the boundary.
“After 24 days in total ‘Karen’ did nothing so the hubby put in new posts on our land, built a new frame and constructed a 2m new fence.
“When you purchase your house you may have your boundary details on your deed information or on land registry.”
The video showed Steve as he ‘took back their land’ by building the large 2m-high fence after the neighbour ‘did nothing’.
In a follow-up video, the couple talked followers through ‘some fence FAQs’ for homeowners in the UK, following the ‘blow up of the last fence reel hitting 5M views’.
They explained: “The most common way to find out who owns what side is to refer to the title plan, land registry or details on your house purchase forms.
“On newer builds via land registry, the 'T' mark is used to indicate who the boundary belongs to and therefore who is responsible for its upkeep.
“If you have an 'H' mark then you and your neighbour have joint responsibility of the boundary fence.”
The couple said that, in the UK, fences can be ‘a maximum of two metres (approx 6.5ft) in back gardens’.
“If you would like to install fencing that exceeds 2m then you must seek planning permission before commencing work,” they added.
“If your property is in a conservation area or is a listed building then permission to make changes to a boundary may be needed.”