Q: I live in a private neighborhood and an individual who is not a resident stores his vehicles infront of my property 24/7
Minimum of 1 car but up to 3. They are left there from 1 week up to 4 months. The roads are owned by the county not the HOA. So far all I can do is have them tagged as abandoned at which time the owner is notified and moves the car for 1 day and then returns it. I have to believe this is illegal but I am having trouble finding specific Harford co or MD laws against it. This is street parking my neighbors rely on because of limited parking available in the cul-de-sac. And this individual does not live anywhere near by. What can I do?
A: You might need to hit the books better or retain someone who can. I recall reading something that limited parking on public roads to a time limit unless the road was adjacent to your home, but it might have been Montgomery County Code. The County and incorporated city codes are often unindexed and messy, but there are sometimes county code enforcement employees or police who know them without research, but if there is no constraint, you and your neighbors will need to lobby your local officials for parking limitations in your neighborhood.
A: Unfortunately, I didn’t see anything in the Harford County Code that would help you. It’s a public street. You do not own the right to restrict use of the roadway in front of your home. As mentioned, you might organize an HOA or civic association for your neighborhood and lobby to have restrictions on local parking for non-residents, but that’s a lengthy and uncertain process. But I think you’re missing one thing you can argue when he is tagged to move the car, and then just returns it the next day: immediately file another complaint, and argue he’s skirting the law by not truly moving the vehicle in response to the citation. He’s just returning it to the same place over and over again, like it never leaves. Even if the county won’t tow it, if they flag it repeatedly, eventually he may start parking it elsewhere to avoid further harassment.
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