Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Virginia

Q: Can my neighbor invite a friend to live on his property in an RV?

It is being used as a full time residence.

1 Lawyer Answer
Ross Cameron Hart
Ross Cameron Hart
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Salem, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Maybe, maybe not.

Two considerations: a) subdivision restrictions and b) zoning ordinances.

a) If you are in a subdivision with restrictions and covenants, there may be a prohibition in them. They will sometimes refer to it as 'temporary housing' or refer to campers, tents and trailers. If the neighbor is violating the covenant then you (and other owners in the same subdivision) may have to hire a lawyer to enforce the rules. And some subdivision restrictions allow the winning side to recover attorneys fees.

b) zoning ordinances - depending on where you live, the local government may prohibit this in its zoning ordinance. You can call the local zoning administrator and ask them if it's prohibited and if so, ask them to inspect the property.

If it is not a zoning violation but there are subdivision restrictions you'll need to consult a lawyer who is familiar with land use regulation.

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