Agricultural Economics Department

 

Date of this Version

March 2007

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Published in Cornhusker Economics, 03/07/2007. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
http://www.agecon.unl.edu/Cornhuskereconomics.html

Abstract

In Nebraska, if I want to make a neighbor pay for part of a division fence, I can ask him or her to do so. If they refuse, for over a century I could have requested fence viewers to determine how much of the division fence each neighbor should pay for. Now if I want to do that I must go to court. I can also build the fence myself and assume full responsibility for the costs of construction and maintenance. Ideally, neighbors should have a written agreement (filed with the real estate deeds) identifying how the costs of building and maintaining the fence will be shared. But written fence agreements are rare.