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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Restrictions Against Clotheslines: The Next Great Battlefield for Property Rights?

It appears possible, according to the New York Times.

From the story:

Jeanne Bridgforth, a real estate agent in Richmond, Va., said that while she had no personal opinion on clotheslines, most of her clients were not thrilled with the idea of seeing their neighbors’ underwear blowing in the breeze.

She recalled how she was unable to sell a beautifully restored Victorian home in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond because it looked out onto a neighbor’s laundry hanging from a second-story back porch. In June, the house went into foreclosure.

“Where does it end?” Ms. Bridgforth said of the legislative push to prevent housing associations from forbidding clotheslines.

To take some covenants from Chapel Hill for purposes of illustration .... Southern Village's covenants (paragraph 20) require that clotheslines by concealed, but do not prohibit clotheslines entirely.

Alfred L. Brophy

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