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10 Deed Restrictions That Could Ruin Your Dream Home

Type and Number of Vehicles

Deed restrictions frequently limit exactly how many cars you can have parked in the driveway and in front of the house. This is usually used as a measure to keep the streets and the fronts of houses from looking cluttered. So, if you have a large family with several children old enough to drive, you could run into problems if, for example, you have five cars, and the restrictions only allow three. Some homeowner's associations may grant a variance for an increased number of cars. But be careful that you don't violate the restriction. If your neighbors sue you and win, a judge could order that your vehicles be impounded [source: Rossi, et al].

Vehicle restrictions can also have a negative impact on your hobbies. Provisions banning vehicles like motor homes, boats and motorcycles are frequently included in deed restrictions and covenants. You might also be prevented from storing non-working cars in front of the property [source: City of Verona]. So, aspiring mechanics should be careful before buying any property whose deed limits those activities.