Mum miffed as neighbour demands she stop using her garden – as it ruins his view

A mum has been left frustrated after her neighbour demanded that she and her family stop using the lower half of their own garden – because it ruins his view.

The woman explained that the houses in her area are positioned in such a way that her neighbour’s house backs onto her garden, and there is one window in the neighbour’s property that looks out onto her outside space.

She claimed that her neighbour initially asked her to stop using the bottom half of her garden because it “affected his privacy” when he was using the room with this window in.

But after she put up a taller fence so that she could continue using her garden, the neighbour complained again – this time because he “wanted the view of her garden back”.

In a post on Mumsnet, she said: “We live in a house where two separate streets meet and have adjoining gardens. The back wall of our neighbour’s house is the boundary wall to our garden. There is a downstairs window on this wall that looks directly into our garden.

“Our neighbour asked us not to use the bottom part of our garden as it affected his privacy when he used this room. We put a screen up so we could use our garden privately, but the neighbour has complained that it affects his light and wants the view of our garden back.

“We’ve asked him to close his curtains but he refuses and he can’t see anywhere other than our garden from the window so it’s not like he’s using our garden to look over to a better view.”

Commenters were firmly on the woman’s side, with many saying her neighbour is the one being unreasonable, as she’s entitled to use the entirety of her garden if she wants to.

One person said: “No, he is unreasonable! Use your garden however you like.”

While another added: “It’s your garden, use it. He can’t have it both ways!”

And a third wrote: “Suggest privacy film. We had a similar set-up, but it was our front door giving a direct view into a neighbour’s patio doors. Their privacy film helped a lot.”