disorderly house

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Disorderly house is a mostly outdated charge against someone creating a nuisance to the surrounding area through hosting repetitive conduct at a house disturbing or endangering neighboring areas. The most common charge of disorderly house charge was for using a house as a brothel. Other actions that could give rise to a disorderly house charge include dealing controlled substances or hosting gambling in a house. Usually, the action must be repetitive in order to trigger a disorderly house charge like other forms of nuisance. 

[Last updated in July of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]