If you’re becoming a homeowner for the first time, you’ll have to familiarize yourself with a lot of new rules and laws. We thought we would share some of the strangest homeowner related laws that gave us a chuckle! These unique laws that have been imposed on homeowners by states, cities, Homeowners Associations and dictate what homeowners/residents can and cannot do in their homes. Take a look!
- It is legal to using waste from a dump or junkyard to fill a mattress.
- No more than 6 women can live in the same house at the same time. While this law may sound silly. Historians, believe that this was legislators tool to try to prevent brothels or prostitution. No it just works to give sorority houses some trouble.
- Donkeys are not allowed to sleep in a bathtubs.
- In the state of California it is illegal to ride a bicycle in a swimming pool. (We hope you would not do this regardless).
- Many of us wouldn’t object to this law! In San Diego, CA the owners of houses with Christmas lights on them past February second may be fined up to $250.
- In Dana Point, it is illegal to use your own restroom if the window is open.
- In Cerritos, residents must be mindful of their pet’s waste, specifically between the months of January and May. Within this time frame residences of Cerritos must remove their’s pets waste from the yard within seven days or they will have to face the law.
- Want to clean up your neighborhood? Don’t start with lending out your vacuum. In Denver, it is illegal to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
- Residents of Boulder aren’t allowed to place couches on their outside porches. You can thank college students for this one. Reportedly, Boulder residents had an issue with drunk students from the University of Colorado who would steal and burn people’s couches off their porches. From 1996 to 2002, more than 100 couches were torched. The goal of this law was to bring some peace and safety to the local neighborhoods.
- A man in Odessa, Florida was fined by his HOA for parking his large truck (which would not fit in his garage) in his own driveway. The man took the HOA to court and won the first found but the association then appealed. The appeal sparked a $187,000 battle that took two years to settle. Luckily, the man won and was awarded money to cover his legal fees.
- Thinking of initialling your name on a tree in your backyard? Think again Georgians, because it might get you in some trouble. In the city of Columbus it is illegal to carve your initials into a tree (even if it is on your own property).
- Annie get your gun! Well, Kennesaw residents must anyways. In 1982, Kennesaw added a law to its books that requires heads of household to own at least one firearm.
- This law would lead to some stinky citizens (if it were enforced). In the state of Indiana it is illegal to take a bath between the months of October and March.
- Ever wonder why the Chicago Bulls haven’t won a championship since the 90’s? Perhaps it’s because residences of Peoria aren’t allowed to install basketball hoops in their driveway. If you are caught with one then you can potentially be fined up to $500 per day.
- There are no crazy cat ladies living in Wellington, Kansas. That’s because the city limited residents to own no more than four cats per household.
- If you’re considering moving to Topeka you’ll want to make sure you are good at landscaping. Homeowners must make sure that there are no weeds in or around their property.
- While disclosure laws vary from state to state, if you try sell your home in Massachusetts you must disclose whether your home has been “psychologically impacted”. Aka: you must tell potential buyers whether your home is haunted.
- If you’re a loud snorer you might want to stay away from Massachusetts in the summertime. It is prohibited to snore unless all of your bedroom windows are closed and securely locked.
- New Yorkers must purchase a permit before hanging clothes on a clothesline. Good thing that this isn’t enforced or there might be a lot of New Yorkers in trouble!
- Make sure you take off your shoes before you hop into bed in North Dakota! It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.
- When a resident in Bend, Oregon tried to use an outdoor clothesline she was rejected by her HOA. After many arguments, and almost $1,000 in fines, the resident took their clothesline down.
- Limit your garage sales! In Coos Bay, Oregon residents are limited to holding two garage sales a year per household. But that is strict compared to residents of Salem who are limited to three per year!
- A special cleaning ordinance bans housewives from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling.
- Don’t have enough beds in your house for all of your guests? Well in case you were wondering, it’s illegal them to sleep on a refrigerator in Pittsburgh.
This is not to say that these laws are ever enforced or even still not the books; but it’s always fun to look at strange laws and think about what specific situations led to them to exist in the first place. If you can learn anything from these cooky laws, it’s that to always read your HOA and city/state bylaws so you can make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into!
While I’m sure we weren’t able to get all the odd laws, we would love to hear of any home related laws that you know of. Tweet us @ROMConsultants with the hashtag #myweirdlaw with your state, city, or HOA has any laws that you find to be absurd, annoying, or just down right hilarious!