Beware the Decay Rays!
January 28, 2010 12:31 PM Subscribe
Our neighbor is complaining our garage is too reflective.
posted by TauLepton to law & government (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Allegedly, our detached garage is reflecting too much light. The company that owns the property claiming that said reflectivity is causing bodily harm as an envirohazard to the tenants of the home. He further claims that the front of his house is deteriorating at an increased rate due to the additional light.
USA/State/Local Level Law - Is there any law about the reflectivity of structures? Has there been case law about structure reflectivity causing harm to persons or property?
I haven't been able to find anything outside of homeowner association covenants, which we do not have. I'm just interested if I should send the complainant a tinfoil hat along with our attorney's letter. ;-)
Thanks for helping!
I have contacted an attorney who said he had never heard of such a claim. He feels, as we do, that this is an attempt to extract $$ (to the tune of $100K + medical expenses). I'm not overly concerned about the outcome of a case, assuming this could even go to trial.
No, the structure doesn't reflect an unreasonable amount of light. Sarcasm: It has to reflect some light or those of us with eyes wouldn't be able to see it and the Earth would be sucked into the black hole in our backyard.
I'm not heartless nor unconcerned with our impact on the environment/birds/whatever. I specified a special non-reflective finish on the steel because I didn't want any issues for my family being in the backyard during the afternoons. However, the building's reflective qualities are not directly related to my question.