I would like to go onto my neighbour’s yard to trim my hedges and repair the back of my shed. Is this allowed?
Whether it be to get some work done or to simply retrieve a ball thrown too far, you have to ask your neighbour’s permission before you enter their yard: private property is private.
However, according to Éducaloi, when you must have access to an adjoining property to maintain or build on your own property, your neighbour cannot really refuse. Nevertheless, your reason must be valid: the law only allows a person to go onto their neighbour’s land if there are no other alternatives.
Moreover, your neighbour can deny you access if they believe your request to be unjustified and that you can complete your work without entering their property.
The solution: No matter the reason, if you must gain access to a neighbour’s property, ask their permission, either verbally or in writing. If they refuse for what you feel are baseless motives, contact your municipality.
When my neighbour drains their spa, some of the water runs onto my yard. This is irritating. Are they allowed to do this?
Firstly, be aware that all property owners are responsible for ensuring that no water, nor snow and ice, flows onto adjacent properties, whether the source is at ground level, such as a pool or spa, or the roof, from the gutters, for example.
The solution: Inform your neighbour of what is happening and request that they find a way of preventing the water from spilling into your yard. If changes are not made within a reasonable timeframe, contact your municipality.
My neighbour has added a window to their home that looks directly into my kitchen. I feel like my privacy is being invaded and I don’t like it.
The rule states that clear glass windows and doors cannot be installed within 1.5 metres of two lots’ dividing line; however, the rules are different when the window or door looks onto a street or park.
The solution: If the new window violates this rule, you can notify your municipality. You could also negotiate an accommodation with your neighbour, such as asking them to apply a frosted film to the glass, so you can live with the window where it is.