Neighbours will generally be required to contribute equally to the cost of building dividing fences and home owners will have to seek agreement from their neighbours prior to building such a fence even where they don’t want them to share in the costs of building it under an overhaul of property fencing laws in Victoria.

Introduced into Parliament last week, the new laws are designed to establish clear rules and procedures for neighbours to follow when negotiating the type and location of boundary fences and make it easier to locate absentee neighbours, resolve disputes and recover contributions from neighbours. Under the new laws, neighbours will…