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Repairing fences, gates and boundary walls

Who is responsible for repairing gates, fences and boundary walls?

As the landlord, we are responsible for repairs in boundary fences, gates and walls which divide a Hyde property from a road or public footpath.

We will not carry out repairs in dividing fences between neighbours, as these are the residents' responsibility.  We are not responsible for gates in dividing fences or a gate giving access to the rear garden from the front garden.

What is a boundary fence?

A boundary fence separates a property from a road or public footpath. See image for an example of a boundary fence separating Hyde property from a road.

What is a dividing fence?

A dividing fence separates a property from the neighbouring property or properties. It is the resident’s responsibility, and Hyde will only attend to carry out a make safe repair in cases of vulnerability.

Who is responsible for my fence?

Tenants

If your fence divides an individual Hyde property from a private owner or tenant, then you must speak to your neighbour to establish ownership.  If the dividing fence belongs to the private owner or tenant, then it is their responsibility to repair it. If the dividing fence belongs to you, then it is your responsibility to repair it.

If there is a boundary fence between a Hyde block or estate and a private owner/tenant then we will repair. it  If in doubt, please check with your Property Manager. 

Homeowners

As each lease/freehold agreement will provide for differing responsibilities on walls/fences we can't provide a hard and fast rule on this for homeowners. This will be provided for in your lease and title plan, and if you'd like us to have a look at your title deeds do contact the Home Ownership team on LME@hyde-housing.co.uk and we can confirm your responsibilities.

You can report issues with boundary fences or gates via our report a repair form.