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Private Nuisance

Definition - What does Private Nuisance mean?

Private nuisance is one of two nuisance claims that can be brought in a court of law in the United States. A private nuisance refers to a circumstance that is present on a private piece of land that keeps the private land owner from being able to peacefully enjoy their property.

Justipedia explains Private Nuisance

Private nuisance can manifest itself in many ways. One of the private nuisance circumstances that is typically taught during first-year law school courses deals is as follows: Neighbor A puts a bright, motion sensitive light that is put their to attempt to fend off animals and buglers. When the light is triggered, it shines directly into Neighbor B’s bedroom and wakes him up. This is a clear example of private nuisance that will likely be ruled for in favor of Neighbor B.

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