Your clients may ask whether they or their neighbors own the fence between their properties. Though fences can be the source of disputes, Texas does not have a specific state law governing boundary line fences.

As with other legal matters, make sure you don’t overstep your authority as a real estate license holder. Instead, advise clients to seek legal counsel and other reputable sources of information regarding fence ownership and responsibilities.

The Texas State Law Library has a wealth of online resources regarding fences and boundary lines. Materials include e-books from the library and links to information from organizations such as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension that can help your clients understand common disputes and find out which state and local laws or ordinances may apply. Rural clients can also learn more about laws related to livestock fencing.

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