Agent's Perspective - Neighborhood Problems

Many local cities are considering new city codes that would prohibit parking boats and RVs on streets or in driveways. Some residents feel that these vehicles are an eyesore and should be stored out of sight. Of course, others feel that it is their right to have their vehicles on their property if they so desire. 

Municipalities have the inherent authority to adopt regulations necessary to protect the public health, safety and general welfare. This includes limitations, or controls, on the use of privately owned real estate. 

Many new housing developments have homeowner associations with regulations, or covenants, conditions and restrictions (or “CC&R’s”) to protect the appearance of the neighborhood. If you don’t like these rules, you don’t have to buy the home. 

In older, established neighborhoods where such regulations are not in place it can be difficult to implement restrictions. You will always have some people who oppose new regulations and controls. 
Every community has what is considered the neighborhood nuisance: Tall grass, overgrown yards, homes that need painting, residences that have too many vehicles, or in some cases, vehicles in need of repair that just sit and are an eyesore. 

Before purchasing or renting a home it is always a good idea to assess the neighborhood well before you move. Ask the previous tenant or homeowner if they have had any problems with any of the neighbors or neighboring properties.

Most people would agree that some restrictions are necessary for the benefit of the neighborhood. But unfortunately some property owners don’t speak out to municipalities about these issues, or they simply don’t care about the condition of the neighborhood or see how it affects the value of their property. 

We all need to think more about being good neighbors and conforming to a standard that benefits the neighborhood as a whole.