The tort of Nuisance – basic principles
The law of (private) nuisance has been around for a long time but it has always been a poor neighbour to the more commonly litigated torts of negligence and trespass.
In a nutshell, a nuisance is “any continuous activity or state of affairs causing a substantial and unreasonable interference with a [claimant’s] land or his use or enjoyment of that land”(Bamford v Turnley  3 B&S 62). Private nuisance is a tort or civil wrong, unlike public nuisance, which is a crime.
Something that farmers leasing their land to wind farms might not know is that a landlord can be liable where the lease is granted for a purpose which constitutes a nuisance, as in Tetley v Chitty  1 All ER 663.
For there to be a claim in private nuisance, the claimant must show that the defendant’s actions caused damage…
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