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Q: Are items touching a fence considered trespassing?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: The question of whether items touching a fence constitute trespassing can depend on several factors, including the location of the fence in relation to property lines and the nature of the items. Generally, trespassing involves entering or placing something on someone else's property without permission. If a fence is precisely on the boundary line between two properties, items leaning against it from either side may not necessarily be considered trespassing, especially if they do not cross into the neighbor's property.

However, if the fence is entirely on one property, items from the neighboring property leaning over or touching the fence could potentially be considered a form of trespass, especially if they cross the property line. The definition and enforcement of trespassing can vary by local laws and ordinances, so it's important to be aware of the specific regulations in your area.

If there's a concern about items touching or leaning on a fence, the best approach is usually to communicate directly with the neighbor involved. Discussing the issue and coming to a mutual understanding or agreement can often resolve such matters amicably without the need for legal action. If disagreements persist, consulting with a legal professional in your area may provide clarity on your rights and the best course of action.

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