Problem with neighbor's fence
Hi - We are new first-time homeowners (just bought last August). On one side, our neighbor's house and landscaping are beautiful. On the other side is a half-finished fence with a messy yard behind it. When we bought the house, we assumed that the neighbor was just in the middle of finishing the fence. We were wrong. It turns out the fence has been in the same state for several years, since before the previous owner bought our house. The posts are up, but the actual fencing has only extended about 15 feet into our back yard. We asked them about it and they say the intend to finish it this summer (apparently, there is not much to hanging the fence on the poles). However, this hasn't happened, even though we have offered to help, and we don't hold out a lot of hope since they have worked on other home projects in the meantime.
We intend to build our own fence next summer if their fence isn't finished by then. I have a few questions: is there some sort of requirement in terms of spacing between their fence & ours? Is there some sort of legal requirement that we give them a certain amount of notice before building our fence? Also, what would you do in our situation? Thanks.