Want privacy? Close your blinds
London – Residents of a luxury London block who were trying to stop visitors to the neighbouring Tate Modern art gallery from peering into their glass-walled apartments lost their case in the Court of Appeal this week.
The dispute began in 2016, when the Tate opened a new extension, the Blavatnik Building, which features a panoramic platform on its top floor that gives visitors clear views of the inside of some flats in the nearby Neo Bankside development.
Residents of the block complained that visitors to the viewing platform stared into their apartments, took photos and posted them online, and in some cases even used binoculars to get a closer look.
A total of 124 photos of the dwellings found on Instagram in the period between June 2016 and April 2018 were estimated to have reached an audience of 38 600 people.
But the owners of four flats’ legal action attracted little sympathy from many Londoners struggling to find affordable housing in the overcrowded and overpriced capital. But the Court of Appeal said the case raised serious issues of law, such as whether overlooking could constitute a nuisance.
The judges answered that it could not.