I was just wondering if I have a leg to stand on. A new business has moved into the building next to my back yard. They

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Customer: I was just wondering if I have a leg to stand on. A new business has moved into the building next to my back yard. They have a commercial generator, which vibrates my whole house. They have cameras recordings my backyard. They are also parking behind my fence sitting in their
cars staring into my backyard.
JA: What steps have you taken so far? Have you prepared or filed any paperwork?
Customer: I've asked them not to park or look into my backyard. Just verbal
JA: Where is the house located?
Customer: London Ontario
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Customer: I just feel like my privacy is gone.
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Just a general disclaimer that this conversation is for informational purposes and I am not your lawyer. The information discussed is for general use only and a lawyer would be necessary to take any legal action and/or preserve any of your legal rights. Please note that the system may ask you to participate in a live call - this is done automatically and I prefer to work through the chat option. I may be away from my desk from time to time, but rest assured I will always return back as soon as possible.

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Nice, did you get a chance to review the question? Or should I run it by you again
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Just finished reading it. I’m sorry to hear about your situation. Neighbourly disputes are quite difficult to navigate. Have you spoken to the manager of the business and voiced your concerns?

Customer
they are catering to there tenants. They have no problem with the intrusion to my property
Customer
Do I have any right to privacy in my backyard
Customer
Thank you I understand. Our main concern is the parking. My yard has a retaining wall with a very unstable fence that provides no privacy. So when they are parking it is at window level of my children's bedrooms. I have spoken to the property manager and emailed him as well. He went on to tell me they are allowed to park anywhere they like. But the kicker is there is a parking lot with well over 100 unused spots just around 20 feet from where they are currently parking. We have lived here for 20 years and the fence was never used for parking until this new tenant moved in. I'm uncomfortable in my own yard and home and it is making us unable to enjoy relative peace on our own property.
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Joey, Expert

I just need to backtrack a bit and get some more information. You are currently renting your place? If so, is it the same landlord as the business?

Customer
I understand, I just wanted some feedback to see if it would be worth it to retain a lawyer or not. I own my home and have lived in it for almost 20years.
Customer
No we own our home. It is directly behind a large retail type parking lot. There are multiple businesses up front. Recently they had a 24 hour lab move into what used to be a Zellers.
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With respects to the parking issue, as long as it’s done on their property then you have little recourse (unless the parking spots are not permitted by the city). Perhaps you can come to some agreement with the landlord on jointly funding a new wall to protect your privacy. Another alternative is to speak with the landlord and see if you can come to some agreement where they use that other parking lot instead of parking right beside your backyard.

Customer
When I originally spoke with the property manager of the area he became quite defensive and made me feel as if I have no recourse.
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Joey, Expert

Another conversation might be helpful. These are difficult issues to resolve, but if both sides are willing to compromise then an agreement can be found.

Customer
It's stressful and unsettling to say the least. I'm sorry I just realized that both my husband and I are messaging you at the same time from different places.
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Joey, Expert

No need to apologize at all. You went from living in peace to having no privacy, and anyone would be upset under those circumstances.

Customer
My other issue is the security cameras that are in all over and most definitely has visibility to our yard.
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Joey, Expert

Please allow me a few minutes, I'm going to look up the by-laws in your city.

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Joey, Expert

In the City of London, there is a by-law which prohibits surveillance beyond the borders of the property. There are a few exceptions: if there is a bank, commercial business requiring the use of extra security, zoning by-law exemption and a few others.

I would suggest contacting your municipality and asking for a by-law officer to investigate further.

Customer
Its a government business so I'm sure they are exempt from anything and everything. Thanks for your input. I get no right to privacy and no freedom. I am being forced out.
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Joey, Expert

Contact by-law and see if they can assist you re: cameras. Also, try reaching out to the property manager about the possibility creating a new privacy fence for you. I wish you the best of luck in resolving this difficult situation.

Customer
I think the only resolution is to sell my home. Thank for your help
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My pleasure. Thank you for using JustAnswer.

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