A haunted house is a house that is perceived as being haunted - not necessarily that it actually is. The legal case merely set in precedent that the house under dispute was now legally known to be perceived as being haunted, and that the perception impacts the value of the property. Had the court actually stated that the house is occupied by ghosts then it would have been disputed due to lack of evidence supporting the existence of the ghosts. The court even noted that whether the house was truly haunted or not, it was the reputation alone that was sufficient to affect the value. This thus puts the status in law of a "haunted house" as merely one of perception or reputation, not whether it truly is haunted.