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Neighbour Pointing Christmas Lights At Your Home

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Neighbour Pointing Christmas Lights At Your Home

I live beside an narcissistic homeowner who is intentionally pointing a bright spotlight into my window. Anyone else out there facing the same dilemma, please weight in and share your thoughts and stories. Any legal advice would be greatly appreciated.
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coachclst wrote: I live beside an narcissistic homeowner who is intentionally pointing a bright spotlight into my window. Anyone else out there facing the same dilemma, please weight in and share your thoughts and stories. Any legal advice would be greatly appreciated.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Legal advice on RFD?

Popcorn ready
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This might be considered a nuisance. According to the Environmental Protection Act, OP may have a case if this is causing adverse health effects. I would pursue legal action and sue the neighbors pants off.
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Be a homeowner and act like a child when it comes to having a civil discussion with your neighbor, sounds about right.

Wish they still had the thumbs down button.
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The spotlight isn’t a health hazard, just a nuisance. Police said they can issue a warning but no grounds for charges
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According to the Environmental Protection Act, an adverse effect includes harm or material discomfort to any person. I’d say you contact the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks. Not sure if light is considered a contaminant though. Unless it falls under radiation.
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coachclst wrote: The spotlight isn’t a health hazard, just a nuisance. Police said they can issue a warning but no grounds for charges
Have them issue a warning and hopefully having the police talk to him will make him stop. If he doesn't stop a mirror for a few days sounds like a good idea especially if you can aim it back at his window.
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You can’t have an adult conversation with a narcissist, tried that route got nowhere. This guy is not a full deck.
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Unfortunately, this guy lives besides me, mirror trick won’t work
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what happened to warrant such childish behaviour?
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Bylaw enforcement - light intrusion - light infiltration - lights shining into a home - buffering

Contact 311, to file a complaint. A service request will be submitted for Municipal Licensing & Standards to investigate light from buildings or vehicle headlights shining directly into a dwelling.

The emphasis has to be placed on "directly" before it can be considered a violation.

Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 629-17A. Buffering Property that, because of its use, occupancy or other reasons, creates a nuisance to other properties in the neighbourhood shall be buffered from these properties so as to minimize the effect of the nuisance by the provision and maintenance of:
  • A barrier or deflectors to prevent lighting and vehicle headlights from shining directly into a dwelling unit;
  • A barrier to prevent wind-blown waste, wrappings, debris and similar things from littering or settling on adjacent properties;
  • A visual screen or fence, of uniform construction and appropriate to the nature of the adjacent use, to minimize the visual impact of nuisances to persons at grade on adjacent properties or a public highway; and
  • The provision and maintenance of a barrier of sufficient size and strength to prevent the dumping of debris or refuse in yards or vacant property.
^ https://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebas ... ering.html
^ For Toronto, not sure it works for Halton

RFD-Home & Garden: Is my neighbour in the wrong here? (Regarding outside lights)

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Foam back drapes, room darkening blinds, shutters or a piece of cardboard. You are blocking the light at night so you probably have your curtains or blinds closed for privacy anyway. You already got legal advice from the police.
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coachclst wrote: The spotlight isn’t a health hazard, just a nuisance. Police said they can issue a warning but no grounds for charges
You got your answer
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zaius wrote: what happened to warrant such childish behaviour?
Op emergenpee on the neighbours lawn...
To the moon
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coachclst wrote: The spotlight isn’t a health hazard, just a nuisance. Police said they can issue a warning but no grounds for charges
Why are you even calling the police? This is a by-law issue
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coachclst wrote: Police said they can issue a warning but no grounds for charges
Warn against what?
If there's no grounds to charge, then what is there to warn about?

If there is a chargeable offense, then there could be a warning first before doing so.
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Spot light mysteriously goes missing from his lawn... "just sayin'..."
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oops i "spilled" some black tar on the spotlight... :) on a more serious note, this is halton (maybe oakville?), again, home of the entitled pricks (see home and garden post by another poster on trees in halton/oakville LOL)... smh... i think just move on with it if by laws can't do much (you already mentioned police can only issue a warning)...

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