Are you based in Rayleigh and are planning a new development? For example, a housing estate or a block of flats? Perhaps an extension to existing property? Or do you own a property near to other property or land which is being developed? Then you should be aware of neighbouring ‘rights of light’.

What is a Legal Right of Light?

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.

If 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 or claim damages from your neighbour for the ‘injury.’ Our right of light solicitors in Rayleigh can help you with this.

If you want to develop your property in Rayleigh, you will need to investigate whether any neighbouring windows have acquired this legal right of light over your land. Our right to light consultants in Rayleigh can assist you by providing you with a surveyor who can perform this investigation.

If Legal Rights of Light Exist:

  • And your build will affect your neighbour’s level of light – your neighbour may be entitled to an injunction to prevent you from building, or you may have to pay them compensation for their loss of light.
  • If a nearby development affects the light illuminating a room in your property – you may be entitled to either prevent the build or receive compensation in return for the injury to your light.
  • We will consult a specialist right of light surveyor, who will work closely with us to achieve the right outcome for you. That could be an appraisal of any financial exposure you may have or the likelihood of you obtaining damages.

Our Right to Light Specialists

We can provide expert assistance whether you are a property developer or owner and are concerned about a right of light issue. Working alongside the best local right of light surveyors, we use our specialist knowledge to ensure your legal rights are protected and where appropriate, you get the compensation or level of damages that you’re entitled to.

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Adam Fleming

Litigation & Dispute Resolution | BTMK Todmans

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution , Employment | BTMK Solicitors

Ian Powell

Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Property | BTMK Solicitors

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution | BTMK Todmans

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution | BTMK Solicitors

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Resolution, Insolvency & Insolvency Litigation | BTMK Solicitors

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