Mr. Chaddles' Blog
February 3, 2016
9 Famous Spite Houses Built to Annoy the Neighbors
A “spite house” is a home built out of spite to annoy or get back at a neighbor. Spite houses are often oddly shaped, and they usually block a neighbor’s light or view. Many were built in the 18th and 19th centuries and are still occupied today.
So you want to build a spite house? Good luck. Modern building codes and zoning restrictions have made it difficult, if not impossible, to get back at neighbors through construction. The good news is that these restrictions also apply to enemies who might otherwise build a spite house to spite you. If you suspect a neighbor of trying to build something to obstruct your view or light access, contact a lawyer in your state to see if you can prevent construction.
In the meantime, if you want to make a statement with your building, consider painting it, like the rainbow-colored "Equality House" did to annoy the Westboro Baptist Church, or consider erecting an offensive statue in your yard, as a Michigan man did last year when he aimed a statue of a middle finger at his ex-wife's house next door.
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