The neighbor told me they were replacing the garden fence.
What they didn't say is that they planned on digging holes in our garden and putting up new posts. The old posts are in their garden.
When I went in the garden this morning I was shocked to see the new posts had been concreted into our garden.
And more shocked when I saw what a terrible job their contractor had done.
I told them not to hang the fence panels until I had taken advice.
They also screwed a fence post into our garage wall which overlooks our garden.
I have arranged for a builder to give us advice on how bad the damage is tomorrow.
I told them that I am unhappy and am getting a builder to look at it but their response is that they will install the panels on Friday.
I don't want to escalate this unless we have to, but if the builder gives us bad news I want to stop them installing the panels until we rectify the problems they have created.
So if it comes to that, should I report this to the police?
It seems like trespass and possibly criminal damage to me.
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Been quite a few of these type of stories in the press recently.
If they have hired a bad builder then that’s a difficult one.
Either way you need to have a civil chat with the neighbour to holt any further work till you have all your facts in place.
You could go small claims court route (money claim online) to seek compensation.
You may of course end up having to erect your own fence on your own property, if they decided to not bother to replace it.
If it is just part of the concrete pad it may be less clear cut. (edited)
OP, you should have examined closely when the builders were working. It is usually better to put a stop on things at the very beginning.
After some talking to both parties the new fence was not erected and the neighbor changed their plans for new fence.
As said above though, if you have lots and lots of photos from different angles then get your builder to remove post thats screwed to your wall and also dig up post's.
it is not a criminal offence but a civil matter and unfortunately will fall into neighbour dispute, which is a nightmare. have you spoken to the neighbour and find out what their views are? have they only gone to their boundary and the old posts were actually too far into their garden, so they have just rectified it?
Have you asked your neighbour why the fence was moved. Was it previously in the right or wrong place? Were the old posts concreted in and the builder couldn't be bothered to dig out the old posts, so just moved them?