What law allows the state/county to fine someone for a messy yard?

I'm watching Hoarders, and I was wondering why a person with messy or garbage-filled property can be fined by the state? Or even take their property? I'm just curious.

Asked By: SodaPopPunk14 - 11/19/2011
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There are laws that apply to health conditions that is the States job. If your house is unsanitary and unhealthy they can make you clean it up. The messy yard scenario is governed by your HOA (homeowner's association) which can fine you becuase you agreed to the term of such when you moved in, or by your town if they... More
Answered By: Florida Lawyer - 11/19/2011
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I don't know much aboyt the law but I think it would differ from county to county. HOAs can fine you though. They can even tell you to take a plant out of your yard if they don't like it. Then, if you don't do it. They can hire someone to remove it and fine you the cost.
Answered By: Matt - 11/19/2011
Laws on the subject of health hazards and nuisances tend to be local laws, specific to a city, not statwide. Hence, once you get out of the city you can see homes with 14 junk cars in the yard.
Answered By: laughter_every_day - 11/19/2011
Most places have ordinances that say what you can and can't do on your own property. They usually have laws and ordinances having to do with "health" and "safety" for people in their jurisdiction. These laws are intended to protect people. They are often used maliciously. My daughter was recently told that her husband... More
Answered By: Karen - 11/19/2011
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