A party fence will be owned jointly by the respective proprietors, either of whom may require the other to contribute to repairing it, but it shall not be taken away, razed, removed, or left down by either party without the consent of the other; and if either party violate this provision, he shall be liable to the action of the other, and be subject to such penalties as a stranger would be. However, a party shall not be bound to contribute towards keeping a party fence in repair, after he shall have ceased to use the land which is divided by it.
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