Whether you are planning a new development such as a block of flats or housing estate, or an extension to an existing property, you need to be aware of ‘rights of light’ before you start any construction work. And if you own a property and there is a new development nearby which concerns you, then read on.
If a window in your home or commercial premises has existed for more than 19 years and 1 day, then you may have acquired a ‘legal right of light’ through that window.
This means that if, for example, your neighbour builds a structure which affects the level of light illuminating a room through that window, you may be able to either prevent that structure from being built, have it taken down or claim damages from your neighbour for the ‘injury.’ Our right of light solicitors in Benfleet can advise you.
If you want to develop or extend property in Benfleet, our right to light consultants in Benfleet can help you investigate whether any neighbour’s windows have acquired legal right of light over your land, as this will impact what you can and cannot do.
We use our expertise alongside highly qualified local surveyors to assess the legal ramifications of any right to light breach. Whether you are a private homeowner, commercial business owner or developer, we will then use our specialist knowledge to protect your legal rights. If a dispute exists and it can be resolved, which often includes the payment of “damages” to compensate the neighbouring property, then a Deed of Release will almost always be required in order to ensure that there is legal protection going forward. BTMK’s specialist solicitors will ensure that all of the paperwork is dealt with formally to avoid problems in the future.
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