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Private Nuisance Notes

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Torts: Land Torts - Private Nuisance Introduction

- Nuisance: unlawful activity that is harmful/noxious + which interfered with another person's rights, use or enjoyment of their land - Read v J. Lyons [1947].

- 3 related torts: unreasonable use of d's land ? damage/loss to another.

1. private nuisance: most signif icant.

2. public nuisance: also crime.

3. rule in Rylands v Fletcher.

- Private nuisance: any continuous activity or state of affairs causing substantial + unreasonable interference with c's land or c's use/enjoyment of that land - Bamford v Turnley [1862]. not actionable per se: c. must prove damage - actual property damage or sensible personal discomfort.


Who Can Sue?

- C. must have proprietary or possessionary legal interest in land - Hunter v Canary Wharf Ltd [1997; HoL]. rationale: basis of tort is interference of use/enjoyment of land ? c. must have interest. licence insufficient - Malone v Laskey [1907]: land occupied by tenant's employee + employee's wife; wife injured by falling cistern (made loose by d's activity next door) ? no right of action (wives: no legal interest in 1907). but blip: Khorasandijan v Bush [1993; CoA]: child allowed to sue (for harassment) ? overruled by Hunter - now covered by Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

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