Agricultural Economics Department


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Published in Cornhusker Economics, 01/18/2006. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


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, I can request fence viewers to determine how much of the division fence each neighbor should pay for. 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 land deeds) identifying how the costs of building and maintaining the fence will be shared. But written fence agreements are rare.