Negotiating privacy in the ‘vertical city’: Regulating the gentrification of the skies

Phil Hubbard*

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The increasing verticalization of cities around the world poses important questions about the regulation of housing through the law. Noting concerns about decreasing space requirements, lack of privacy and possible environmental nuisance, this chapter explores a recent case in London - Fearn v Tate (2019) [EWHC 246] - where the law has been called upon to adjudicate between different claims to privacy and visibility in the vertical city. It suggests that in this case the law has not simply aligned with the wealthy, suggesting that there may be legal limits to the privacy sought by the super-rich occupants of the high-rise city which will ultimately halt the ‘gentrification of the skies’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on Space, Place and Law
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781788977203
ISBN (Print)9781788977197
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021


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