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Old 05-09-2011, 11:05 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I live in the LA area of California. And, I'm in a situation where I've had a neighbor recently build on an additional room to their house.

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In the picture you can see my diving board. Over the fence is the additional room the neighbor built onto their house. The problem is that this additional room is up against my fence. In past years, the area where this add on rooms sits now was originally and open backyard. In effect, I had much more privacy.

The picture was shot from looking across the pool standing on my backyard patio by the pool. You can clearly see the neighbors "Sliding Glass Door". And, I often see my neighbor actively doing stuff in the backyard: going in and out of the sliding glass door and glancing over ( ) at me from time to time (especially as they enjoy their new add-on)...etc.

To make things worse, when on the diving board in a bathing suit, now you are even elevated further. And then the neighbor can see your entire body.

From my understanding, and because my house is on a hillside, the max fence height is 6 feet tall (*sigh* rules rules rules).

I'm not really sure what to really do about this or how to obtain more privacy. It would seem like under certain circumstances some rules should be allowed to be bent. Does anyone see a issue with perhaps raising the fence another 1 or 2 feet (7 or 8 foot fence)? What if the neighbor agreed to this so they also could have more privacy?

I'm not sure how to best handle this situation, who to talk to, or where to even go for more information?

Any input and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 05-09-2011, 12:19 PM   #2
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I wouldn't raise the fence, but you've got lots of soft scaping options. Put up some lattice that you need to support your grapes.... That you might plant one day.....

Or put some posts up and run shade cloth or canvas. Done right it could look cool and not get you in trouble with the authorities.

Honestly, if I were your neighbor and you raise the fence the first thing I would do is complain to the city - it ruins their view!!


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no clue why you obscured the picture with the pastelizing or whatever you did to it. Can you post a real picture that would offer a little more depth.

it looks like your neighbor built way too close to the property line. have you checked on this?

If they did build too close, then just raise your fence. you will surely get a variance if it is ever questioned as the neighbor would have no objection (verses him tearing down his structure).
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If fence is a no no, add hedges. Very very tall ones.
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:48 PM   #6
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I think you should just move. When you live with a neighbor that close (even before the addition) your privacy is limited. That is part of city life. If you want as much privacy as you described, it's time to move out into the sticks where there isn't anybody around to be watching you.
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I think you should just move.
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Originally Posted by JasonCA View Post
The problem is that this additional room is up against my fence. n
How far off the fence is it?


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