I share a boundary with my neighbour, 36.6 metres long, for the first 6 metres there is nothing, for the next 9 metres there is part of my neighbours house (mostly garage plus some house, ie double brick, full height wall) and then for the rest of the boundary there is a colorbond 1.8m fence.
My builder tells me (5 days before the footings go down) that I need to remove this fence for at least a month.
Here are some facts about the fence.
1) I did not pay for it, the neighbours have not asked me too (we are on very good terms with each other) and they installed it.
2) They did not install it on the boundary, but purposely moved it 3 cm in from the boundary to make it easier for us to build our boundary brick walls. We didnt ask them to do this, they volunteered and did it of their own free choice
3) They have a large dog that needs to be fenced in during the day.
They refuse to give permission for anyone to touch, remove or otherwise dismantle the fence, and I SUPPORT THEM (this is not a neighbour fencing dispute). The builder insists the fence must go, but fails to see my point went I ask them why they have not asked me to remove the neighbours garage, since that wall IS on the boundary and ifthe fence is in the ay then the brick wall must be too
The builder is now sending a surveyor out to the site to determine whether or not the fence is actually on the boundary or inside it (my word isn't good enough, nor is the fact that if you just looked at it you could tell - it joins to the garage wall 3 cm in from the outside of the garage wall). This survey will take 4-5 days (what?!) delaying the footings and the slab.
Can anyone tell me why the fence MUST be removed? I know the footings and slab are going to be close to the fence, but they are a lot closer to the brick wall. Surely it is possible to lay the footins and slab next to the fence?
And comments are most appreciated.