My wife and I live in Seattle. We both have night vision issues. My wife had taken two bad falls in the past year because our back yard was so dark. I have worsening glaucoma, cataract issues. In order to compensate, I put up porch string lights that run the length of our backyard from garage to back property line (around 80') and a shorter run that goes from our garage to a fence line. The light does not fall across the property line. The lights shine downward. However, the neighbors are suing us for light trespass and have said we shouldn't be able to use lights before 7AM or after 9PM. However, both my wife and I leave for work well before 7AM and there are several occasions where we aren't home by 9PM. This puts us at a health risk. Given that the light doesn't shine in their yard, but they are seeing it from their bedroom which is on a 3rd floor, about 15' above the lights, I can't find any regulations in Seattle that support their request. Thoughts
I think this is nonsense. I would think that a good real estate lawyer from your area get this dismissed for a few thousand dollars of work
I agree with the previous answer and if you have been sued tender the claim to your homeowner's insurance and find a lawyer if they do not respond quickly.
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Is is out of the question to install a motion sensor which turns on the lights only when needed?
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