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property building covenant acquired

In English law, an easement acquired through 20 years' uninterrupted use, and not by consent or permission, whereby one property owner can claim the right against another property owner to enjoy at least a reasonable amount of light. Where it exists, this right may restrict building on neighbouring property. A restrictive covenant against building may be more effective, but such a covenant cannot be acquired through long use.

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