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April 29, 2009

The District of Corruption Owns Your Driveway

by Kevin

In Washington, DC aka the District of Corruption, the friendly local meter maids are now issuing parking tickets, on your driveway.

Beverly Anderson is mad as hell. She just started to get tickets for parking in her own driveway.

That’s right. The District of Columbia is ticketing people who park their cars in their own driveways.

“This is clearly an attempt by the city to extort money out of property owners,” Anderson tells WTOP.

Anderson has received two of the $20 tickets in the past month. Anderson has owned the Capitol Hill house (and the driveway, so she thought) for more than ten years and has never gotten a ticket. And she’s not alone.

Well, you’re probably thinking that DC’s Department of Public Works have raided Marion Berry’s crack stash. However, there is strangely enough, a legal justification behind this obvious money grab by the District of Corruption:

“Any area between the property line and the building restriction line shall be considered as private property set aside and treated as public space under the care and maintenance of the property owner.”

Basically what that means is most property owners in the District don’t own the land between their front door and the sidewalk, but they are responsible for taking care of it. It’s why you can get a ticket for drinking beer on your front porch in the Nation’s Capital. You’re technically on public space. It’s also why the city can ticket you for parking in your own driveway if you don’t pull your car deep enough into the driveway beyond the façade of your house or building.

Apparently, in DC, you just own the building and land directly under it. You merely maintain District property outside of your front door. How nice of them.

Perhaps every property owner should sue the District of Corruption and the Federal Government for fraud because they thought they were buying the house and the entire lot. Instead, they’re taking everything between the front door and the sidewalk. Any DC residents up for that lawsuit?

h/t: Hit and Run

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  1. I wonder if they have been paying property taxes on that portion of the land. Maybe they should ask for a refund or refuse to pay the tax in the future.

    Comment by TerryP — April 30, 2009 @ 5:31 am
  2. I’m with Terry. Incidentally, I guess I was under the mistaken impression that when one was buying real estate, one was buying land, and the structures that happened to be located on that land. Well, DC’s not a state, so… I guess they can do whatever they want there.

    Comment by Kathryn Rebecca — April 30, 2009 @ 6:08 am
  3. great article. with increased government spending, some argue that the temptation to intrude upon the private lives of americans follow. see my article on strengthening the marriage institution and in so doing– advocating for less and limited government. thanks for allowing me to share…

    Comment by tonya mead — May 2, 2009 @ 9:12 pm

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