What to do about an unlawful single-wide trailer?

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What to do about an unlawful single-wide trailer?

Our adjoining neighbor recently put a single wide trailer in; he has 4 other double-wides on

the property as well. However, we were told the lot that he put the single-wide on was not supposed

to have another one put there. It used to be a double-wide that set their but it got repossessed years ago and the county said it couldn’t be another one put there because not enough land and the septic was an issue. So how was he able to get a building permit and it says replacing an existing double-wide but it has not been one there for about 8 years?

Asked on April 29, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

All you can do is report it to the town and/or county: if the neighbor is violating zoning, building, or health ordinances, the government can fine him for doing so (and since these fines continue if you don't correct the issue, they can mount up to quite alot). Unfortunately, *you* don't have any legal right or standing to take action about what someone does 100% on their own land; you need the government to act to enforce its own ordinances and laws in this regard.


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