Rights to light – how to manage the risks

The amount of natural light neighbouring property owners enjoy might seem a minor consideration for a developer embarking on a major commercial development. Rights to light, however, are protected in law, and numerous high-profile developments have been affected by rights to light issues, including London’s Walkie Talkie tower. Developers who infringe neighbours’ rights to light can be forced to pay compensation or even tear down a completed building.

This article examines four ways of addressing rights to light issues, for brokers to discuss with their customers.