Somebody on my neighborhood email group is asking about who has to pay to replace the fence between their house and the neighbor’s house. In my experience, it was always a 50/50 split worked out between the neighbors. All three of my fences have been replaced in this fashion, and whoever had the smooth side kept the smooth side. However, another member of the group replied that whoever has the smooth side “owns” the fence, and it is their sole responsibility to pay for replacement. Good fences do indeed make good neighbors, and I believe that the 50/50 method is best, provided, of course, that your neighbor is willing to play along.