Who is Financially Responsible for the Repair of my Fence?

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When repairing or replacing a fence, the question of financial responsibility can damage relationships between neighbors. Luckily, the legal system in California stepped in several years back and CA Civil Code 841 was adopted into law.

This Civil Code, also known as the CA Good Neighbor Law, makes the finding that in CA both adjoining neighbors of a boundary fence equally benefit from said fence and therefore are both responsible for the repairs and eventual replacement.

While the law stated the mutual responsibility of neighbors, there is always room for interpretation, just like any other law. Also, there can be countless different circumstances from which questions arise as to how this CA Civil Code may or may not apply to my case.

Common Questions We Receive Regarding the CA Good Neighbor Law

Below is a collection of what we found to be the most common situations that have left homeowners scratching there heads wondering if this “Good Neighbor Law” will benefit them in case of a future legal dispute. If none of these match your situation and you still have questions after reading this blog post, then do not hesitate to ask us in the comment box below!

This list is a work in progress, we will continually add more questions and answers as they come along!

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