Charlotte, NC asked in Real Estate Law and Construction Law for North Carolina

Q: If a home has 2 dogs which are constantly outside, do they need a fence between our houses? Legally speaking.

We have issues with our new neighbors as their fence is between our properties and its in a very bad shape, their dogs constantly pushing the boards towards our yard and we're worried they will end up yet again in our yard as they already did before. No civilized communication is possible with them as they are very hostile and offensive. They said that they don't want to fix the fence, and they threatened to actually tear it all down because they don't have to have a fence!..

1 Lawyer Answer
Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran
  • Yadkinville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: Without research into your local ordinances and codes, I can't answer whether or not a fence is required. But I would be surprised if it was. However, failure to keep the dogs on their property would likely be considered a trespass and could be punished under criminal or civil sanctions.

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