Strange Law: Real Estate Edition

Strange Law: Real Estate Edition

We have all heard of a few weird international laws.  From not being able to chew gum in Singapore to a minimum required percentage of Canadian artists played on Canadian radio, there are unique and strange statutes all over.  What you may not know is that is also true, right here at home, particularly when it comes to real estate.  Real estate laws consist of federal, state, and local legislation that is normally very uniform. However, when you get down to the local stage, things become downright strange.


Aspen, Colorado


In this winter get-away town, throwing snowballs at public or private property is illegal. The same law also prohibits throwing any missiles of any kind at public or private property including shooting off guns.


Boulder, Colorado


In Boulder, it is illegal to have a couch on your porch. As with the rest of the items on this list, the law tells you something about the town. What kind of people would put couches on their porches? College students, of course, and Boulder is a huge college town, home to the University of Colorado. Other college towns across the country have followed in Boulder’s footsteps.


Ridgeland, Mississippi


In Ridgeland, Mississippi it is illegal to install burglar bars on the outside of your windows. They may be installed inside so they are not visible to the street, but not on the exterior. Homes with burglar bars that were installed before 1996 are exempt.


Walnut, California


This town has something against dirt, sand, rock, cement, rock, trash, rubbish and dead animal carcasses. All of them are not allowed on your property. Though with the ongoing California drought, this code is not being enforced too much. Many homeowners have opted for eco-friendly landscaping, like decorative rocks, that require no water.


Knowledge is Power


Remember, knowledge is power so always work with experienced professionals when it comes to real estate transactions. An experienced Realtor in partnership with a title company like M&M Title can help you understand local laws and title issues unique to your area and transaction.