5 Obscure Real Estate Laws

The March/April edition of Realtor Magazine (yes, I read this, but don’t expect you to!) featured an article that I found to be quite entertaining and wanted to share it with you.

1.  In an attempt to stem the problem of unwanted manure left in front of residential properties and businesses, Watertown NY is considering a law requiring horses to wear diapers.

2.  Residents of Illinois (excluding Chicago) are now permitted to pain their trees purple in order to keep trespassers off their property.

3.  Hedges that encroach on sidewalks must be kept trimmed in Plattsburgh, NY.  The new law allows the city to trim overgrown hedges and bill property owners.  Similar laws in Lockport, NY and Harlingen, TX allow the town to mow residents lawns when grass grows over one foot.

4.  Toy ranches in Pitkin County, CO, are no longer considered agricultural properties.  A property is considered a toy ranch if the property around the house is used for grazing but the house itself isn’t integral to the ranching operation.

5.  Home owners in South Carolina who want to recycle copper pipes must obtain a permit from their local sheriff’s office.  The goal is to curb illegal stripping of copper for cash sale to recyclers.

Here is a link to the original article, including sources for each law: http://realtormag.realtor.org/law-and-ethics/feature/article/2012/03/5-obscure-real-estate-laws