971.06 Responsibility for maintaining existing fence - removal.

(A) If a partition fence exists between adjoining properties, the owners of the adjoining properties shall maintain the fence in good repair in equitable shares. If the owners decide to build a new fence, they shall do so in equitable shares in accordance with this chapter unless the owners enter into an agreement in accordance with section 971.04 of the Revised Code.

(B) The owners of adjoining properties shall build and maintain in good repair a partition fence in equitable shares in accordance with this chapter if there is evidence that a partition fence previously existed between the adjoining properties or if either of the owners of the adjoining properties, or the previous owners of the adjoining properties, has or had filed an affidavit with the applicable county recorder under section 971.05 of the Revised Code. However, the owners of the adjoining properties are not required to build and maintain in good repair a partition fence in equitable shares if the owners enter or the previous owners entered, as applicable, into an agreement in accordance with section 971.04 of the Revised Code.

(C)

(1) If a partition fence is removed by an owner and not replaced within one year after removal, the owner who removed the partition fence shall file an affidavit with the applicable county recorder to be placed in the partition fence record established under section 971.15 of the Revised Code stating that a partition fence existed between the adjoining properties within one year prior to the filing of the affidavit. The affidavit also shall specify the location of the properties and state that the fence has been removed and not replaced.

(2) If an affidavit is filed and a partition fence is rebuilt, the owners of the adjoining properties shall build and maintain in good repair the new fence in equitable shares in accordance with this chapter unless the owners enter into an agreement in accordance with section 971.04 of the Revised Code.

(3) If an affidavit is not filed and a partition fence is rebuilt, the owner constructing the fence shall bear the total costs of building and maintaining it in good repair.

Effective Date: 2008 HB323 09-30-2008