Rise in the Number of People Seeking Legal Services in Australia Over Fencing Disputes


Published Date : Sep 07, 2015

Over the past few years, there has been a growth in the number of people from Adelaide and neighboring cities in Australia, seeking legal services over fencing disputes. Record number of people were recently found seeking legal services over fencing disputes, blaming each other for crossing the limits with a threatening behavior, and abusive language. According to the Legal Services Commission, there has been a growth in legal services in the country by around 77%, as compared to the previous year. The country observed an 18% jump in the legal services related to fencing matters. The Commission’s fences website displayed 45,714 page views during 2014-2015 as compared to 25,887 during 2013-2014. According to the experts, redevelopment of houses and subdivision of two blocks into one has led to the growth of the demand for legal services. According to Chris Boundy, the commission manager of access services, fencing disputes have been a common problem in the state since long time, but a sudden surge is something to think about. 

As property boundaries are getting closer in most of the regions of Adelaide and other neighboring cities, the demand for fencing legal advice has increased in the recent past. At times, more legal advices are availed by people living in the suburbs. The requests for legal advices from people residing in well developed areas, where blocks are subdivided, have increased over the past few years. Renovations, where boundaries of two properties are shared, have caused lot of problems in the recent past.  

In the last five years, around 5390 formal requests have been filed by the LSC for legal assistance towards fencing issues. The number of formal requests increased from 946 in 2010-2011 to 1119 in 2014-2015. Authorities are trying their level best to resolve the issues on primary level and prevent matters to reach to the court.