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Question DetailsAsked on 8/24/2017

I live in the 37188 zip code area and we have just purchased a home there. Problem, our neighbor has old car in yar

Do most towns have city codes when it comes to old cars in the front yard and non-mowed front yard. We just purchased a new home and our neighbor has this problem. We would like to know before we move so as to not
put ourselves in a non-neighborly way.

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Maybe you should have thought twice about neighborhood appearance before buying that house ?

You could always go and talk to the neighbor (introduce yourself) and somehow come around to the issue of the cart (comment on that model being old, or incorrectly guess the year or such, or comment those were good old cars) and work around to what his plans are for it. Might be simplest, if a junker, to just offer to buy it from him and have ti hauled off for junk - though there is I guess a slight risk he will catch on and get another junker to park there for you to buy !

Some areas have lawn mowing requirements, but generally (except in homeowner's association areas) it has to get to be really long and a real public nuisance for the government to take any action on it.

Most areas have junk car laws - generally (but varies a lot by locale) if in the drive and currently registered they can not cite it unless obviously undriveable (up on blocks or all tires flat or such). In some areas registration carries more weight, in others driveability or general appearance (does it look like any other in-use car or is it rusty, broken windows, flat tires, etc. In some areas parking a car for a long time off the drive are for so many months without it moving is cause for a warning. Generally, even if not in compliance with the law, they are given a citation with 30 to 90 days to get it fixed so it runs, or to remove it. Talk to the local code enforcement office - usually under Planning and Zoning but sometimes under Building Department or Police Department. But in your particular locale - I would guess the laws on either are pretty minimal - you are not moving to Beverly Hills, after all.

But - some people are expert at getting around the law - say move it to the drive from the lawn to come into compliance, remove it for a day or so (even to the street or garage say) and take dated photos it was moved (so clock starts again), etc.

So - you may have a long row to hoe here, and a significant chance of bad feelings right off. If already committed to that house, you might wait till you meet all the neighbors, and find one who you think cares about the area and ask about the car and how long it has been there and if the owner is working on it actively or if it is a junker, and if they know if anyone has tried to get it removed. Might be a bit of recon like this would pay off before jumping in with your compbat boots on - particularly in that neck of the woods where people are generally not real happy about guv'mt interference in their affairs.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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