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Old 07-07-2007, 05:59 PM   #1
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Here's the story. I've been working on my car for over a month now and it should be ready for start up/functional within 2 weeks (I'm waiting for headers). The car is not yet registered so it doesn't have tags, however, it is parked on my property on my driveway.

Today while I was pulling out my seats/interior to install the new carpet, my next door neighbor came over and complained and said it's an "eyesore" and making her neighborhood look dirty etc. The only thing dirty about it is the car cover that covers it.

She threatened to call the cops, etc. She told me "I gave you plenty of time to get it running bla bla bla". If she calls the cops, can they fine me and can my car get towed away since it's "non-functional"?

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P.S. I live in Fairfax County...in Virginia.
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What a hag. I dont think they can tow YOUR car sitting in YOUR driveway just because somebody dosent like it. No matter if you have tags on it or not. You own it.
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perhaps, I got a ticket for one of my projects that I had sittin around for too long in my driveway, one of my neighbors pointed the finger and some dude came over and left a paper with filled out spots that saying I had certain amount of days to get rid of it.
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store it either behind a fence or in a garage and you're golden...

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think a driveway is technically city property, like a sidewalk?
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store it either behind a fence or in a garage and you're golden...

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think a driveway is technically city property, like a sidewalk?
My parents PAID to have a driveway made to their house and to have it paved. How can it be the citys property??
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perhaps, I got a ticket for one of my projects that I had sittin around for too long in my driveway, one of my neighbors pointed the finger and some dude came over and left a paper with filled out spots that saying I had certain amount of days to get rid of it.
Did you have to pay a fine?
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Did you have to pay a fine?
I think it was a bs note his neighbor made up.
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My parents PAID to have a driveway made to their house and to have it paved. How can it be the citys property??
That's called a private driveway, there's a difference
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i would've told that bitch she's been an eyesore her entire life. Click the image to open in full size.
**** her dude its your property.
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That's called a private driveway, there's a difference
It's not very private. their house is like 20 feet off the street and the driveway is maybe 15 feet long LOL
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It's not very private. their house is like 20 feet off the street and the driveway is maybe 15 feet long LOL
What don't you understand? They paid for it, it's private.
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Did you have to pay a fine?
No, I had a certain amount of days to get rid of it or I would have to pay a fine, the reason was because it had no tags, I think.

So you can probably buy some time with that, if all you're waiting for is a header, since if they come with a letter, they will probably give you a certain number of days etc.

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I think it was a bs note his neighbor made up.
State letter signed by the State referred person..thingy...
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It depends on your city for sure. A lot of places state that a car can't sit in the same place for longer than a week or two or it's deemed "inoperable."

Talk to a police officer or your local town hall about it. They're not just going to tow it without warning. If you're worried about hassles ask about "your neighbor" or something.
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In michigan we have some laws like that here too. Mostly from local laws though. Is there **** all over the place or something? I can't imagine someone complaining because a car is sitting in the driveway covered up. However, i'm suprised i've never had any complaints, because my track car sits forever in my driveway, but i can move it Click the image to open in full size. Just put it at different places in the driveway Click the image to open in full size.
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The only time one of my project cars has gotten me in trouble is when I had moved it out curbside on the street from the driveway. If its in the driveway, as long as its your personal property, you have nothing to worry about. Call the cops and tell them your neighbor uses her cover of an old woman to deal drugs to school children.
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If its in the driveway, as long as its your personal property, you have nothing to worry about.
100% false. There are city ordinances that dictate many things you can and can't do on your property. Hell, i know many cities with ordinances regarding how tall your grass can be so yes you can get in trouble for having a junkyard in your driveway.
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In cape coral FL its a ticketable offense to park a truck in a residential driveway.

Just check your cities statutes regarding derelict vehicles, or if your neighborhood (if any) has a convenance prohibiting non working cars.
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100% false. There are city ordinances that dictate many things you can and can't do on your property. Hell, i know many cities with ordinances regarding how tall your grass can be so yes you can get in trouble for having a junkyard in your driveway.
Thats crazy man, I didnt think they could, without proper justification have your car towed off your own property. I mean, I see people driving cars sometimes that are more of an eyesore than a naked fat man.
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Thats crazy man, I didnt think they could, without proper justification have your car towed off your own property. I mean, I see people driving cars sometimes that are more of an eyesore than a naked fat man.
The key thing is the title non-operable vehicle. No plates or a car that doesn't move for weeks at a time can be considered an eyesore and easily justified to be removed under an ordinance. Most cities put a sticker on your car and give you a certain amount of time to move it before it's towed (and it's very loosely enforced, usually only after a complaint) but it can be done.
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where I live a vehicle that is not inspected is junk. My dad went through this with the township. He pointed out and did a few things as did others. He had a tarp on the cars and stated that they are not allowed to look under it as it is on his property. I forget what if anything he said was under the tarp. He pointed out that boats, which are vehicles, are allowed in yards and are not inspected. I don't remember what happened and am not near enough to ask him.
Second: Another guy in a town near me had this happen. He had many cars. he got angry and put plants on some and flipped others upside down. He called the ones with plants planters and the upside down cars art. they stayed up (and are still as far as I know) for many years.
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he got angry and put plants on some and flipped others upside down. He called the ones with plants planters and the upside down cars art. they stayed up (and are still as far as I know) for many years.
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Depends on where you live, my neighborhood has rules regarding sitting cars and what not Click the image to open in full size.

They don't active go out to look for them but if a person complained they'd jump on it
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Yup just like everyone else stated, it depend on where you live. I have gotten a mail from the city stating that I need to clean up my backyard and front yard or they will hire someone to come clean it up and charge my *** for it lol. It not like I have trash everywhere, but things such as a couch laying in your backyard, tumbleweed from the fields, or just stupid cups that people toss out of their toss and flew into my yard will get the city to warn me.
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Where I live houses are at least 600k and in the city above the hill they have the "eyesore" law...
You can't even have slightly wrecked/mangled vehicles outside..
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Ive had my car towed from my driveway.
I had unpaid parking tickets for parking the wrong way in front of my own house[1500$ worth at one time,i paid them off].
BULLSHIT
I kept getting tickets for parking the wrong way,the first few times i called the alderman and complained as did my neighbors and we started a petetion and got it dropped,and this bitch kept giving me tickets and i wasnt going to back down.
so after awile i just quit paying them,i live on a sidestreet and it hard to get to from the otherside,and my car is too loud to turn around in my drive,cause i have respect for my neighbors and i allways come home late.
they towed it from the street twice and once from my driveway,i paid allmost 3000$ worth of tickets and impound fees over a period of about 3-4yrs.
honestly i was just so fucked up on drugs and used to parking backwards that i could never remember Click the image to open in full size.
couple times i thought my car was stolen when i walked out in the morning to go to work and no car Click the image to open in full size.
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