spite fence

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A spite fence is a fence (whether a division fence or otherwise) built maliciously, with the sole purpose or intent of annoying, injuring, or spiting an adjoining owner (commonly a neighbor). For example, a spite fence might block the neighbor's view or obstruct the passage and enjoyment of light or air.

Under state laws, spite fences might be prohibited and subject to be declared a private nuisance.

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