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RE Q&A: Why Can’t We Park a Truck in Our Driveway?

HOAs, local governments and even counties may have laws that oversee driveway parking – rules intended to maintain the residential character of a community.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Question: We recently received a fine for parking my spouse’s work truck on our driveway overnight. The pickup is in great shape and is not an eyesore. It is our house; why can’t we park on our own driveway? – Jennifer

Answer: As a homeowner, you have to follow many levels of rules in how you maintain and use your property. The rules range from the federal government down to your community association, with every level in between seemingly having their say.

The purpose of these rules so to maintain the residential character of your community. Different areas have been designated, or zoned, for specific uses. This way, industrial parks are not mixed in with houses.

Work vehicles are often a cause of concern. Many people who work with their trucks need to park them at home, while their neighbors do not want large, dirty or damaged vehicles ruining the residential feel of their community. These restrictions do not apply to commercial vehicles used by tradespeople while they are performing their job, only to parking overnight.

In most areas, you are allowed to keep one work vehicle at your house as long as it is out of sight, such as in a garage or around the side of your house.

However, many community associations have even more stringent rules, often banning all commercial vehicles from the community outside of set hours.

While it can be frustrating, these rules are unlikely to change because the vast majority of people who do not own a commercial vehicle do not want them in their neighborhood.

Your best bet is to keep your pickup truck in a garage. If this is not possible, you can find vehicle storage and commercial parking lots near most communities with a quick internet search.

About the writer: Gary M. Singer is a Florida attorney and board-certified as an expert in real estate law by the Florida Bar. He practices real estate, business litigation and contract law from his office in Sunrise, Fla. He is the chairman of the Real Estate Section of the Broward County Bar Association and is a co-host of the weekly radio show Legal News and Review. He frequently consults on general real estate matters and trends in Florida with various companies across the nation.

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