right to light

The right to light is a form of easement: the right for light to pass without obstruction over a neighbour’s land. There is no automatic right to light (or a view) in law, although the right may be acquired by the enjoyment of unimpeded light for at least 20 years prior to it being blocked.

This definition is abridged from A – Z of tree terms: A companion to British arboriculture.
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