Asked in Land Use & Zoning for Louisiana

Q: Neighbor is running a auto mechanic shop on a residential zoned lot. Sub div covenants prohibit it. What action?

Attempting to sell my house located across street. Way too much vehicular traffic for a rural dead end street. Subduvision covenants classify lots as residentual only. What legal action can be taken. Lots are zoned r1 by the parish.

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Christie Tournet
Christie Tournet
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Mandeville, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: If it is rural, you may not have a property management company enforcing the restrictions. If that is the case, you may still be able to rely upon municipal/parish zoning. If the neighbor is running a business, with traffic, out of a residence, zoning/code enforcement may be able to put a stop to it. Ultimately, if you have evidence that potential buyers become disinterested in the home due to the traffic,you may also have the ability to send a personal cease and desist (showing the shop does not comply with covenants and zoning) letter and seek enforcement/injunction of the shop in court. But, litigation is always timely and costly. So, try a property management company or local zoning enforcement on your behalf first.

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