2. Rules for everyone
Despite the fact that the house and the land around it are privately owned, each owner is subject to the general requirements in force in a particular area – and, by the way, signs the relevant documents that formulate the rules for maintaining the house and the local area. Everything is regulated: the color of the facade, mowing the lawn, cleaning the leaves, planting flower beds and vegetable gardens, keeping animals and installing structures – gazebos, children's houses, fences. All these norms are adopted by the residents of the district at general meetings and are observed as strictly as the laws: if you violate them, you will have to deal with the police, judges and fines, so it would not even occur to any of the law-abiding citizens to enclose the territory without permission. If the fence is really necessary – for example, the house is located on a cliff or near a busy highway – you will have to apply for permission from the local authorities and justify your request. In such cases, the municipality allows you to install a light fence, but not a solid fence.
3. Smart Savings
Building a fence made of wood, metal or stone is not only difficult, but also expensive. Rational Americans are not ready to throw away money to install a dubious structure, because the appearance of a fence is perceived as a manifestation of bad taste, a violation of unwritten rules and disrespect for neighbors. And who wants to spoil relations with others, especially at their own expense? With regard to security, conscientious taxpayers trust the authorities to take care of it, relying entirely on the inviolability of laws protecting private property. 10 features of our mentality that seem strange to Americans.