Can a city make u get rid of a car parked in ur driveway

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Can a city make u get rid of a car parked in ur driveway

The car has valid plates. It runs but needs a
part to be driveable.

Asked on October 29, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If the car is violating a city ordinance, then yes--they can force you to remove it. Municipalities have wide discretion to create ordinances (laws) for health, for safety, for quality of life, etc. IF this car is violating an ordinance, they can force you to move it--but it has to be violating some defined ordinance; the city cannot simply, without a law to back it up, tell you to remove the car. So step 1 is find out which ordinances they claim it violates; step 2 is decide if you feel that the car may in fact be violating those ordinances. If you feel the city is right, remove the car; if you feel they are wrong and the ordinance does not apply, you could try to fight it in court (such as if/when they issue you a summons for the car), but bear in mind that winning is not guaranteed.


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