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Over the fence... are your neighbours

Ideally, you and your neighbour will be able to resolve any problem by discussing it together. However, if necessary, the law may be able to help resolve the matter. While the law provides a remedy in many instances, it does not cover every case in which disagreements arise between neighbours. Your lawyer can advise you about your rights and any remedy available to protect you from your neighbour’s conduct.

This guide covers:

  • Boundaries and encroachments
  • Fences
  • Nuisance and trespass
  • Animals
  • Noise, vibration and smell
  • Use of land and buildings
  • Resource management law
  • Buildings
  • Excavations
  • Water
  • Swimming pools
  • Trees and structures
  • Easements and rights of way
  • Landlocked land
  • Legal remedies against neighbours
  • How to prevent neighbourhood disputes




Last updated on the 1st December 2018