Spite Structure Law and Legal Definition

Spite structure is a structure which is of no beneficial use or pleasure to the owner but was erected and is maintained by him for the purpose of annoying his neighbor or with the malicious motive of injuring the neighbor by depriving the latter's premises of light, air, or view.

Spite structures serving no useful purpose, but causing injury to the owner or occupant of adjoining premises, constitute private nuisances. [Baillargeon v. Press, 11 Wn. App. 59, 63-64 (Wash. Ct. App. 1974)].