The lot-line shocker

Neighbor opposing longtime fence stuck in pickle

DEAR BENNY: I purchased my home in September 2000. My survey indicated that my fence was encroaching on my neighbor’s property by 3 feet. My home was built in 1955, and I am the second owner. The 4-foot chain-link fence has encircled this property for approximately 40 years, and my neighbor (who inherited his home from his parents) indicated that he had no plans of erecting a fence because his companion is claustrophobic.

Recently, however, my neighbor and his contractor began constructing an addition to his home that will include a 6-foot wooden fence. Of course, now he wants his 3 feet back. His proposal is to move my fence over 3 feet, reset it, remove/replace my existing double gate with a single one at his expense, and would draw up a contract for both of us to sign.