Anaheim, CA asked in Personal Injury, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for California

Q: My property has 300' of street frontage. I maintain roughly 285' which is the land between the curb and my property line

The remaining 15' is too dangerous for me to maintain. City is going to fine me if I don't clear it out. Is that legal to put me in harms way to clear vegetation on city property? Live in Riverside CA.

3 Lawyer Answers
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
Answered
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: to answer this correctly a lawyer would need to know what you mean by dangerous and whether it should be the responsibility of someone else to maintain...such as city???

Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
Answered
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It's impossible to give you a thorough answer with the information you provided. Rather than risk a fine from the city you should sit down with a local attorney and have a quick consultation to determine your rights and responsibilities based on local ordinances.

William John Light
William John Light
Answered
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: This isn't really legal advice, but take pictures of the area that demonstrate the dangers of performing maintenance. Go to the agency that has or is threatening to ticket you and ask to speak to a supervisor about your issue. If you can show the merits of your position, the agency might refer the maintenance to a city maintenance crew. Alternatively, if you have been ticketed, take your evidence to the judge and explain your position. Finally, you can always hire a gardener to do it.

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