Right to light

In your home, just over half the room should be lit by natural light and about half the room in a commercial building.

Rights to Light consumer guide

So how do you know whether or not your right to light is being affected, and if you think it is, what can you do about it?

A right to light may be acquired by ‘anyone who has had uninterrupted use of something over someone else’s land for 20 years without consent, openly and without threat, and without interruption for more than a year.’

Your right to light is protected under common law, adverse possession and in England and Wales by the Prescription Act 1832.

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