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29-301. Maintenance. The owners of adjoining lands shall keep up and maintain in good repair all partition fences between them in equal shares, so long as both parties continue to occupy or improve such lands, unless otherwise agreed.

History: G.S. 1868, ch. 40, ยง 8; October 31; R.S. 1923, 29-301.

Attorney General's Opinions:

Enclosure of domestic animals. 87-28.

Board of county commissioners, acting as fence viewers, does not have authority to order fence to be moved. 2002-42.

CASE ANNOTATIONS

1. Liability of landowners when fence not on line. Conklin v. Dust, 3 K.A. 211, 219, 43 P. 431.

2. Landowners fence lands together but build no partition fence; liability. Baker v. Robbins, 9 K. 303.

3. Essential elements of partition fence; recovery for trespass by cattle if fence defective considered; rights if landowners fenced lands together and use in severalty. Markin v. Priddy, 39 K. 462, 464, 465, 18 P. 514. Modified: 40 K. 684, 689, 20 P. 474.

4. Oral agreement that each maintain one-half division fence valid; bull escapes to neighbor's land; no action lies, when. McAfee v. Walker, 82 K. 182, 186, 187, 189, 107 P. 637.

5. Where fence needlessly expensive other party not liable for excess. Griffith v. Carrothers, 86 K. 93, 95, 119 P. 548.

6. Owner of animal trespassing on land protected by legal fence liable for damage without proof of fault; damage not limited to crops. Lindsay v. Cobb, 6 K.A.2d 171, 172, 627 P.2d 349.

7. Fence law creates liability without proof of fault for damages to one's land protected by legal fence. Walborn v. Stockman, 10 K.A.2d 597, 602, 706 P.2d 465 (1985).

8. Adjoining landowner may enter landowner's property at reasonable time and reasonable manner to fix fence. Muhl v. Bohi, 37 K.A.2d 225, 235, 152 P.3d 93 (2007).


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