Understanding the Impact of Common Code Violations on Your Home

Understanding common code violations in Florida real estate is important for homeowners and potential buyers. Code violations can be cited by the city, town, county, or municipal level (depending on where you live).

Let’s look at the most common code violations, their consequences, and how they can impact the value and sale of a home.

Common Housing Code Violations

Code violations range from seemingly minor issues to more significant ones. All of these code violations can have a substantial impact on your Florida property. 

Key violations include:

High weeds

Most municipalities have specific requirements regarding lawn maintenance. Property owners are responsible for grass maintenance, including areas along city easements.

It’s often required that grass on developed properties be under 10 inches and under 12 inches on undeveloped properties. 

Trash or junk accumulation

A property’s maintenance is important for ensuring safety, health, and retaining property values. Excessive trash or poorly kept yards – even during remodel projects – can lead to citations.

Inoperable vehicles

Abandoned or non-functional vehicles can not only be an eyesore but also pose environmental hazards. Strict regulations are often in place regarding the parking and condition of vehicles on a property.

Some common regulations for cars are:

  • The vehicle must have a current license and tags.
  • The vehicle must be operational and roadworthy.
  • The vehicle must be parked on an improved surface like asphalt, concrete, or masonry.
  • Parking on grass, dirt, or gravel could result in a fine.

Pets and noise ordinances

Uncontrolled pet noises can lead to fines. Even if the pet belongs to a tenant, a homeowner will be held responsible for their tenant’s pet noises.

Obstructions in public spaces

Keeping sidewalks, roads, and alleyways clear is a legal requirement. Violations can occur from obstructed views to improperly placed trash bins. Homeowners must ensure that objects like trash cans and plants do not block these areas. 

Other violations to be aware of in Florida are unauthorized signage, garage sales without permits, and neglected swimming pools. 

Always verify with local authorities for a complete understanding of applicable code violations in your area.

Consequences of Code Violations

Ignoring these violations can lead to more than just a slap on the wrist. Homeowners might face fines, liens, and other legal issues. 

These penalties can accumulate over time and turn minor infractions into significant financial and legal burdens.

Impact on property value and saleability

Code violations can also drastically reduce a property’s market value and attractiveness to potential buyers. 

Unresolved issues can signal neglect and potential future costs. This can deter prospective buyers and lower the property’s overall appeal.

If you’re selling your property, it’s vital to have the most current information on code violations – especially as closing dates approach. New violations can arise, and existing issues can escalate into more serious problems. 

Understanding and addressing common code violations is essential for homeowners and buyers. 

Staying informed and proactive in managing these issues can prevent legal headaches, preserve property value, and ensure a smoother real estate transaction. 

At Liberty Title Company of America, we are committed to guiding you through these complexities with our expertise and resources to ensure your real estate experience is as seamless and informed as possible.

Your Team at Liberty Title Company of America

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