Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Florida

Q: real estate conflict against neighbor

A manipulative, shameless neighbor filled with hate started construction of his home in January 2022, and it blocks sunlight, creating shadows on my property. We've owned our home since the 1960s. Numerous attempts have been made (by legal and non-legal means). Not withstanding, our efforts were met with an incincere non-cooperative response. They failed to meet our just request of halting construction. City Hall claims their project meets the regulatory guidelines. devastated, we sought legal help from a lawyer, even though he was totally useless. He only told us to simply 'talk to your neighbor' and offered no further ideas, claiming even if we won in court, compensation would be insultingly small (several thousand bucks). Due to the enormous amount of stress of our struggle, my old mother had developed a medical neurotic condition. She is still under cure, and the total treatment cost is expected to be over $500,000.

We are determined to continue seeking formal compensation

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Whether you have some kind of legal remedy depends on various factors, starting with what the zoning was when you moved in and any changes after you moved in, as well as whether the neighbor is in 100% compliance with the current zoning and permitting. Assuming the latter is the case, and you happen to have a legal remedy due to zoning changes, the damages would probably be limited to the reduction in value to your property (plus attorney's fees and costs in the event of a lawsuit). Schedule a consultation with a lawyer handling land use & zoning matters.

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