When it comes to ‘who’s fence it is’ there is a 50/50 chance it could be your neighbours. This is good news for yourself as if the fence is your neighbour’s responsibility the cost of a new fence will be theirs to pay unless you agree to pay some of the cost. Generally, the fence to the left-hand side is usually your own but it is important to check your deeds to be fully sure on this.
What can I do if my neighbour is refusing to replace their fence?
Unfortunately, here there is not a lot you can do if your neighbour is refusing to replace their fence. As long as the law is not requiring them to erect a fence a neighbour can choose not to replace a fence or even have one in the first place.
If you seek expert advise your neighbour can still choose to ignore this and therefore cannot force them to put up a new fence. By seeking expert advise you may be wasting your time and money which may cost a lot more than just buying your own new fence panel.
What can you do to resolve the issue?
To summarise there is no suitable action you can take that will force your neighbour to erect a new fence panel however, you could erect your own as long as it is on your land. The boundary line has no thickness therefore you can put your own fence panel right next to your neighbours and the boundary line will run between the two panels even if they are touching.