We have a neighbor who fairly regularly uses his home for photo shoots of all sorts (from cars to clothing to interiors) and on occasion he’s used the home for a film shoot. He doesn’t live in the house, rather uses it for income. His right, I suppose, but it begs the question of when a house in a 100% residential neighborhood becomes used solely for commercial enterprises, is it no longer a residence?
There are websites galore advertising homes for film shoots – it’s quite the lucrative field for the homeowner. I remember years ago the interior of my sister’s house in Princeton was being considered for a film but it would have meant they had to move out and with little children then, they passed.
This morning, from about 6:30am on, trucks and vans and then black SUVs came up the long driveway to the home (which, by the way, it not within ear or eye shot of me, but the driveway to the home is, hence the issue). Around 7:30, a white van that was lost came into my driveway looking for directions. Dawg snarled and barked her head off, scaring the van driver away, but furthering the annoyance factor to me.
Here’s the question. If the homeowner has the right to do whatever he or she wants with the home, should I not be bothered? Would my neighbors be annoyed if let’s say I wanted to rent out my house for film shoots and to movie studios (hey, great idea, maybe I don’t need to work after-all!!)
Then there’s the aspect of a town permit. Film shoots are required to get a permit and there are restrictions on what hours they can film and what time the crew can start arriving etc. But not so for photo shoots – like modeling agencies, advertisements etc.
If you were me, would you say something to the town? Would you write an email to the owner who is never ever here and who lives in the city and really cares not a hoot about being in Bedford? And if I do write the homeowner, what would I say? Knock it off? He DOES have the right to use his home as he wants.
In the scope of life the intrusion isn’t a big deal. The house is so far up and away from me once all the vehicles get onto the property they could have a hootenanny and not bother me. It’s a matter of principle for me, not law. Should I leave it alone and get a life?