5 Real Estate Laws in the Spotlight

July 5, 2016

These recently passed local and state measures reflect evolving environmental concerns and other priorities.

No artificial turf bans in California. In response to the state’s drought, California municipalities cannot ban artificial turf from being used outside people’s homes. As a result, Sacramento and other cities that currently don’t permit fake grass are now considering legislation to overturn existing bans. (KCRA, August 13, 2015)

Curb your bamboo. Home owners in Columbus, Ohio, face a $100-a-day fine if their bamboo invades their neighbors’ yards. (The Columbus Dispatch, April 8, 2016)

Invasion evasion. All new commercial and multifamily development in Fayette, Ark., is prohibited from using 18 invasive plant species in landscaping. Home owners can still have the plants, which include English ivy, kudzu, Japanese honeysuckle, and bamboo. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, March 5, 2016)

Chickens for cheap. It used to require a hearing, $300 fee, and several weeks’ time to get a permit to raise chicks or goats in your yard, but now Pittsburgh residents can get a permit in one day for just $70. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 8, 2015)

Tiny houses hit the big time. Cottages that share a lot with a larger single-family house used to be considered temporary lodging in Fresno, Calif. But now they can receive a permit as a permanent home. (The Fresno Bee, Jan. 13, 2016)

—Anne-Marie Siudzinski, REALTOR® Magazine