Light pollution and invasion can be frustrating and distracting, especially when you cannot control the light source emitting from your neighbors property. With security lights on home becoming more affordable and easier to install more people are having issues with neighbors light invading their property and home.
How to deal with light pollution from your neighbor
Is your neighbor unaware of the impact their light source has on you and your enjoyment of your property? The first step would be to raise your concerns in a friendly manner with your Neighbor, outlining the issues the light is causing and offering a solution that both parties can agree to.
Getting help from your council
If approaching your neighbor is not an option, you can approach your local council environmental health department.The environmental health has guidelines for the reports they must follow, so outlining and clearly showing the issue with evidence will help your case to get the issue resolved.The lighting in question must be ‘prejudicial to health or a nuisance’ and harm your enjoyment of your land.If your council deem your Neighbours light a nuisance, they Can serve an abatement notice to the light owner. This means that an officer from the environmental health will give your neighbour guidelines on how to adjust their lighting or in some cases remove altogether.
The least advisable option is to take your case to civil court. This comes with the risk of the costs being awarded against you if the case is lost. Civil action can be stressful and financially damaging, so it’s best to mediate the issue away from court in the above steps if possible.with the risk of the costs being awarded against you if the case is lost. Civil action can be stressful and financially damaging, so it’s best to mediate the issue away from court in the above steps if possible.
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