Right of Light usually occurs when light has existed through a defined aperture, uninterrupted, for at least 20 years. If a new development affects that transmission of light you may be able to seek an injunction or claim damages against the developer. In most cases the aperture is a window.
If a right to light is proven and breached you could be entitled to claim financial compensation for your ‘loss’, or seek an injunction to prevent a development being built. There have been cases where a right to light has been breached and the court has ordered the development to be taken down.
But if you are a homeowner looking to extend your property or a developer looking to build entire blocks, our right of light solicitors in London can help.
The law defines how much light should be allowed into a room and working with expert right to light consultants in London we can help you.
Right of light is a civil matter and does not give property owners rights for the direct streaming of sunlight into a room, or right to a particular view from a window. It does however protect the amount of daylight illuminating a room. A non-habitable room can also obtain a legal right of light.
Working with a surveyor we can determine if a right of light exists or has been breached and any legal ramifications that may arise from these. If you are a developer we can help determine whether or not a neighbouring property has acquired a legal right of light and what this can mean for you.
With our expertise and experience we are positioned to assess if your right to light has been breached and the legal ramifications of any breach. If you are planning an extension or large development we can look at where any existing right to light exists, look at the various options for preventing a claim for damages.
We work alongside locally-based and highly qualified, specialist right of light surveyors. Whether you’re a private homeowner, a commercial business lease tenant, developer or a freeholder, our team has the specialist knowledge to ensure you’ve got the right people on your side to protect your legal rights.
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