In El Paso, Texas, we have our lovely rock walls to separate properties. In other parts of Texas, though, it could be rock wall, it could be a brick wall or it could simply be just a fence that separates two properties. But the main question is, who owns it?

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Who owns the fence between two properties in Texas?

Is this an issue? Apparently it is! Maybe you found yourself wondering "do I own the fence or what?" Especially if you're a new homeowner and are barely getting to know your neighbors you might want some answers! According to Texas fencing laws on

Fence ownership is determined by where your fence lays on the property line.

If your fence is right on the property line between your neighbor’s property and your property, neither you nor your neighbor owns a side; it’s a shared fence responsibility. If the fence falls to one side of the property line, it is wholly owned by the property owner whose side it’s on, according to Texas fencing laws.

That's right, you may just have to share it with your neighbor. If you can't figure out whose property it is legally on, Texas fencing laws say you may want to hire a surveyor to determine property boundaries.


I'm sure it shouldn't have to escalate to something like that, you could always have a conversation with your neighbors to determine how fence responsibilities can be shared. But, of course, sometimes it won't always end up that way. If it does escalate into a contentious situation; you'll definitely want to hire that surveyor! Hopefully you have a cool neighbor!

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