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Old 08-11-2017, 07:33 AM   #1
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Default Neighbor wants us to help pay for his high fence

We have 175 acres... family land. The neighbor to our south and west is high fencing his 1,000 acre place. That's fine… It's his right to do so. We actually have two issues…
1) when he does this we will be "high fenced" on three sides
2) he is asking us to split the costs! He says it's the "neighborly thing to do".

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about doing our fair share. Over the years, we have done roadwork, replaced fencing, etc. our other neighbors have always helped out.

I think this is different… The current low fence is in need of repair in some places, But it's keeping our cows in with no problems. we plan to replace it in the next two years.

I told him we will replace the low fence with a new low fence and he can help us pay for that if he wants, but we will not contribute any money towards a high fence...

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Old 08-11-2017, 07:34 AM   #2
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That's funny. Tell him "No Thanks"
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:35 AM   #3
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Seems fair to me
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:36 AM   #4
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His obligation if that's what HE CHOOSES, not yours.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:36 AM   #5
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:36 AM   #6
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nope, tell him you'll pay half of the lower part of the fence.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:37 AM   #7
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we will replace the low fence with a new low fence and he can help us pay for that if he wants, but we will not contribute any money towards a high fence...
X2 with what you said. anything more is his desire, not a need, and he can foot the bill for that.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:37 AM   #8
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I agree with you, I wouldn't help for a cent of a high fence. He isn't being neighborly by fencing your native deer in away from you, so why should you pay for his fence??

Typically high fences are set-back into the property so there is a brush strip to maintain on the outside. Thus, they aren't on the property boundary, and even more reason for you not to split the bill. I would tell him to hit the road if it were me.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:37 AM   #9
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Nope. You will be helping him secure his hunting area and then you will only be able to see the deer through the fence. He wants a high fence then he can pay for it himself.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:37 AM   #10
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Tell him the neighborly thing to do is watch him spend his money!
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:37 AM   #11
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nope, tell him you'll pay half of the lower part of the fence.
Yea maybe 20% of the cost.............
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:37 AM   #12
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I would offer to contribute half the cost of a low fence.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:37 AM   #13
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Just tell him you don't believe in high fences. Most of TBH will back you up.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:37 AM   #14
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What a jerk. Tell him no thanks but you'll split the cost of three-strand barb wire.

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Old 08-11-2017, 07:38 AM   #15
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nope, tell him you'll pay half of the lower part of the fence.
I like this better
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:38 AM   #16
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nope, tell him you'll pay half of the lower part of the fence.
agreed....
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:38 AM   #17
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Just tell him you don't believe in high fences. Most of TBH will back you up.
This. Ask him how a high fence is neighborly.

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Old 08-11-2017, 07:39 AM   #18
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I told him we will replace the low fence with a new low fence and he can help us pay for that if he wants, but we will not contribute any money towards a high fence...
I think this is right!
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:39 AM   #19
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I'd pay half the cost for a low fence, the rest would be on him.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:40 AM   #20
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nope, tell him you'll pay half of the lower part of the fence.
I wouldn't even do that unless my intention was to eventually high fence my entire place.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:40 AM   #21
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If you are going to high fence yours eventually I say it's fair. If not, I would not pay half.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:41 AM   #22
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hmmm.. half off a section of HF, you got two sections of HF free.....
or let him pay the whole thing.. you'll STILL be HF on three sides...just with not as neighborly a neighbor.. which may be perfectly fine with you. (if i wasnt interested in HF my property and the neighbor was... i wouldnt fork over money for his HF either... but i would take into consideration future endeavors with this neighbor..and what they might be worth)
How much is your friendship worth with this neighbor is what it comes down to as compared to your hatred of HF..?

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Old 08-11-2017, 07:42 AM   #23
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See if he wants to buy the 175 acres. I would not want to have 3 sides high fenced on that acreage. I feel for you man!

I agree that you should not feel obligated to pitch in on a high fence unless you are wanting your place high fenced. Low fence, then you need to pay your half.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:43 AM   #24
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I would offer to contribute half the cost of a low fence.
^^^^^ This
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:43 AM   #25
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Just tell him you don't believe in high fences. Most HUNTERS will back you up.
Fixed it for you.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:43 AM   #26
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Lol I bet he does..
That would be a short lived conversation for me.. "Yea right" lol
He don't need your money.. He just wants it...

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Old 08-11-2017, 07:47 AM   #27
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nope!
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:48 AM   #28
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Ha. I guess it costs nothing to ask.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:49 AM   #29
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Some of y'all crack me up with your bad boy internet responses. Let me just start by saying I've been your neighbor. It's his prerogative to high fence not yours. IMO the right thing to do is offer to pay for half of what a LOW FENCE would cost. If he refuses to take you up on that then once again, his prerogative. If you don't like that idea and offer nothing then if I'm your neighbor I back MY fence off the property line a bit and when your cows or something else that belongs to you messes it up.... you deal with the legal consequences. Been there done that.... pretty simple.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:52 AM   #30
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Tell him you want him to split your truck payment with you.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:55 AM   #31
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I would offer to contribute half the cost of a low fence.
Yep.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:56 AM   #32
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I agree with you OP. Tell him you will split the cost to replace what you already have there. If he wants to upgrade with a high fence then that's on him.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:56 AM   #33
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My thoughts are; you handled it neighborly.

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Old 08-11-2017, 07:57 AM   #34
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If he wanted, he could build the high fence into his property and refuse to let you tie your fence into his. This would force you to build your low fence by yourself on the property line. If this doesn't bother you, tell him you wont contribute to the HF.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:59 AM   #35
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Sounds like he is probably going to HF his side anyway, therefore, put your money towards a HF on the side of your property that doesn't have the HF. Then you will be completely HF and only pay for one side. My 2 cents!!!
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:59 AM   #36
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Some of y'all crack me up with your bad boy internet responses. Let me just start by saying I've been your neighbor. It's his prerogative to high fence not yours. IMO the right thing to do is offer to pay for half of what a LOW FENCE would cost. If he refuses to take you up on that then once again, his prerogative. If you don't like that idea and offer nothing then if I'm your neighbor I back MY fence off the property line a bit and when your cows or something else that belongs to you messes it up.... you deal with the legal consequences. Been there done that.... pretty simple.
Legal consequences??
Texas is a fence out state. If you don't want something on your land then you have to fence it out. It isn't the owner of whatever's problem to repair the fence or build one for that matter. You could build a brand new fence as far away from the property line as you want and if a big bull goes over there and jumps through it. Then it's your job to fix the fence or build a better one. Not the owner of the bull. Look it up. I think it's called free range state or something like that. He should pay half of a low cattle fence and that's all . We have done the same on the ranch I run.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:59 AM   #37
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Yep, you are in the right. He shouldn't even ask. If he owns 1,000 acres and can afford to high fence it he doesn't need the help paying for it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:03 AM   #38
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:03 AM   #39
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Legal consequences??
Texas is a fence out state. If you don't want something on your land then you have to fence it out. It isn't the owner of whatever's problem to repair the fence or build one for that matter. You could build a brand new fence as far away from the property line as you want and if a big bull goes over there and jumps through it. Then it's your job to fix the fence or build a better one. Not the owner of the bull. Look it up. I think it's called free range state or something like that. He should pay half of a low cattle fence and that's all . We have done the same on the ranch I run.
Hey bud not gonna argue with you. You can quote all the "laws" that you think you know. Trust me I've been there done that got the tshirt as they say.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:04 AM   #40
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Hey bud not gonna argue with you. You can quote all the "laws" that you think you know. Trust me I've been there done that got the tshirt as they say.
you got bad legal representation.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:04 AM   #41
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Is it his HF that is going around 3 sides of your property? Or did any of the sides already have HF?

Reason I ask, its kind of a d*ck move if one LO is going all the way around your property. Nevermind the fact that 1000 acres isn't enough range for deer. But if it's 3 different LO's, and you are already HF on two sides, I could see how he would ask you, and I wouldn't consider it unreasonable for him to ask.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:10 AM   #42
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Yes, I think your response is appropriate. Think it's pretty nervy to even think you should contribute to his plan.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:10 AM   #43
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Just say no if you don't want a high fence. The only problem is, if you ever do decide to fence the place completely, you are going to have a problem tying in the corners if he insets the new fence.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:10 AM   #44
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you got bad legal representation.
No I had good representation... We were on the winning side.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:11 AM   #45
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I would tell him the only way you will pay half is if he gives rights to hunt his property.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:19 AM   #46
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Legal consequences??
Texas is a fence out state. If you don't want something on your land then you have to fence it out. It isn't the owner of whatever's problem to repair the fence or build one for that matter. You could build a brand new fence as far away from the property line as you want and if a big bull goes over there and jumps through it. Then it's your job to fix the fence or build a better one. Not the owner of the bull. Look it up. I think it's called free range state or something like that. He should pay half of a low cattle fence and that's all . We have done the same on the ranch I run.
What? Im gonna disagree with this. If your bull causes damages to someone elses property its the owner of the bulls responsibility to fix it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:19 AM   #47
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Sounds like a good deal.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:20 AM   #48
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He is insane!
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:25 AM   #49
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Yep but that's it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:28 AM   #50
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