spite fence
An unsightly fence erected for no other purpose than to irritate a neighbor. Such a fence may be illegal under local fence height and appearance regulations or state laws that specifically bar spite fences. Even if it doesn't violate regulation or laws, the fence may still be illegal if it was built with malicious intent.
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  • Spite fence — A spite fence is an overly tall fence typically constructed between adjacent lots by a property owner who is annoyed with, or wishes to annoy, a neighbor or who wishes to completely obstruct the view between lots. The fence usually serves no… …   Wikipedia

  • spite fence — A fence of no beneficial use to person erecting and maintaining it on his land and maintained solely for purpose of annoying owner of adjoining land. Burris v. Creech, 220 N.C. 302, 17 S.E.2d 123. A high and unsightly fence erected to annoy a… …   Black's law dictionary

  • spite fence — noun : an unsightly fence or wall that serves no useful purpose, is so constructed as to be an injury to adjoining property, and is erected and maintained maliciously for the purpose of injuring a neighbor (as by obstructing unreasonably his air …   Useful english dictionary

  • spite fence — a wall or fence erected solely to annoy one s neighbor or lower the value of his or her property. [1895 1900, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • spite fence — A fence of no beneficial use to an owner of premises, but erected and maintained by him for the purpose of annoying his neighbor. 1 Am J2d Adj L § 106 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • spite fence — partition, divider, something that serves to separate …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Spite (disambiguation) — Spite or Spiteful may refer to: *a human sentiment, see spite (sentiment) *Spite, in fair division problems, a phenomenon in which a player s value of an allocation decreases when one or more other players valuation increases *HMS Spiteful… …   Wikipedia

  • Spite house — A spite house is a building generally found in an urban environment that is constructed or modified because someone that the builder feels has wronged him does not want it there. Typically built to annoy someone, in most cases a neighbor, these… …   Wikipedia

  • fence — An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any object, especially an inclosing structure of wood, iron, or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from without or straying from within; a visible or tangible obstruction which may be …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • spite structure — A structure which is of no beneficial use or pleasure to the owner but was erected and is maintained by him for the purpose of annoying his neighbor or with the malicious motive of injuring the neighbor by depriving the latter s premises of light …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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