Is it legal for people to take pictures of your house without permission?
Massive first world problem, admittedly.
I recently purchased a house which, in influencer vernacular, is located in a particularly 'instagrammable' area of London. As I try my best to live beneath a rock and ignore the evolution of pop culture, I did not realise this when I signed along the dotted line. If I had, I can honestly say that I wouldn't have brought the property.
We have lived here for about three months now and every single weekend there are multiple instances of people climbing our front steps up to the door and then posing in front of it. My wife, who works from home, tells me that this is a pretty regular occurrence on weekdays too. In short, it is becoming a complete and utter nuisance. I have two small children, and there have been various times when shepparding them out of the house, I've opened the door to find people posing on the porch.
The ballsiness of it that really gets me. If my front door opened immediately onto the street, I would be more understanding - the lack of a delineation between public and private property being a source of confusion. However, there is a fence, a gate (which is always closed) and then a flight of steps leading up to the front door. In short, it is extremely clear where the road ends and my property begins.
I am in the process of taking measures to make our house less 'instagrammable'. We are due to have the front-door and windows repainted from their pastel blue to a rather dull and boring white. Hopefully, this means that they will pick on other houses. Ultimately, if there is no legal or practical solution, I think we will give very serious thought to selling the property and buying something in a location where this is not so much of an issue.
I am also in the process of getting legal opinions on this matter and to that end, for the sake of variety, figured that putting a post up on reddit wouldn't harm at all.
Thanks in advance.
25th August 2022