Question: We own a property near the beach and love our view. Our neighbor does not trim his trees and is now building a shed, and part of our amazing view is being ruined. Is there anything we can do? – Anna
Answer: Your issue is a very controversial area of the law and depends on the specific facts of the situation. But there are some basic rules that will help you understand your rights.
If your property extends to the high-water mark, no one is allowed to block your direct view. But you do not have any special right to a view through your neighbor’s property.
While your neighbor can build something useful, such as a shed or a fence, if he or she built it with no other useful purpose than to block your view, you might be able to have it removed. You still may have other options to get your partial view back.
If you live in a homeowner’s association, your neighbor’s trees will need to be trimmed and the shed built to conform to community rules after proper board approval. Similar restrictions may also be in your city’s or county’s ordinances, so a trip to your local government office, either in person or by computer, may also give you some relief.