Sic utere tuo alienum non laedas


This legal maxim means “enjoy your own property in such a manner as not to injure that of another person”


The maxim ‘sic utere tuo ut alienum non laedas’ means that one must use his property so as not to injure the lawful rights of another. It is a well-settled principle that a property owner may put his own property to any reasonable and lawful use, so long as he does not thereby deprive the adjoining landowner of any right of enjoyment of his property which is recognized and protected by law, and so long as his use is not such a one as the law will pronounce a nuisance.

A man is permitted to enjoy his property in a manner without invading the legal right of another person.

However, this maxim was explained in Rylands v. Fletcher, by Lord Cranworth:

“For when one person in managing his own affairs causes however innocently, damage to another, it is obviously only just that he should be the party to suffer. He is bound ‘sic uti suo ut non laedal alienum”