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.
Please See Attached Photo.
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.