Rights of Light

Rights of Light is a specialist area of Property Law which often falls under the wider inclusive term of Neighbourly Matters, relating to buildings which have the right to receive light into the window openings.

Ultimately, a right to light is an easement. The easement relates to buildings which have either acquired or have been granted the right to receive light through define apertures.

Rights of light issues often occur where redevelopment of adjoining land takes place where a case arises to protect the light received through windows in existing buildings from unreasonable interference by new buildings. The remedies available to a person whose rights of light have allegedly been infringed include the grant of injunctions and damages.

However, not all buildings or even all apertures within the building necessarily have a Right of Light. At Peacock Stevens, we will carry out the necessary research to identify where these rights exist.

Through the use of our RoL Modelling Analysis, we are able to carry out an assessment of the potential risk of injunction, and the likely level of damages. We can also advise how to modify a proposed scheme to reduce or overcome potential problems.

We also assist in the negotiation and settlement of Rights of Light claims, where the affected party and developer each appoint a surveyor to assess the impact on the rights.


Peacock Stevens were instructed to carry out a Right of Light Assessment in connection with a proposed residential development scheme to convert an existing public house and develop additional land which comprised the former car park adjacent to existing buildings.


Professional and pragmatic advice from an experienced building surveying practice who we are always happy to recommend to our clients.

Tony IbbotsonLee Baron Ltd Manchester

Peacock Stevens have continued to deliver a pro-active and professional service during the years that I have worked with them. Their communication throughout the process is excellent, delivering the projects in an efficient and timely manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending their service.

Steve DooganCapreon

We have appointed Peacock Stevens on numerous projects ranging from retail conversions and extensions to large-scale petrol filling station developments. They have continuously delivered in terms of their professional and diligent approach, and we look forward to working with them again on future projects.

Northhold Group

I recently used Peacock Stevens when looking to purchase a new house. In the end I instructed two surveys as the depth and quality of the report on the first property identified defects that would have meant significant costs to me, meaning I did not proceed.

I am pleased that my second choice was defect free and the quality and detail in the survey was again of the highest standard.

Mrs Frances Hilton

Peacock Stevens recently carried out an RICS Building Survey for me on a house I was looking to purchase. The report was thorough and detailed but was also easy to understand. We are very happy in our new home.

Mr S Davenport

An excellent and comprehensive report and we will take heed of its findings. We are proceeding with the purchase and hopefully all will go according to plan. Thank you and with best wishes

Dr John Taylor-Robinson


Please contact us to discuss your Rights to Light requirements on 0151 218 7950 or via the form below.

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