How do I report my neighbor's illegal auto-shop?
August 8, 2011 7:30 PM Subscribe
How/who to report my neighbor's auto-shop-run-out-of-his-garage to?
posted by anonymous to law & government (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I own a house in Leesburg Virginia. My next door neighbor runs an mechanics shop out of his attached, 2-car garage (he rents the house). In addition to the 3 cars he owns, this means he often has an additional 2-3 cars parked around his house. Since the garage is full of shop equipment & cars, this means at least 5-6 cars are parked on the street outside his house and mine - ALL THE TIME.
Further, they're Hondas and Acuras and this means souped up engines, loud "mufflers" and all the absurdity that goes with that car lifestyle up and down my street.
Who/how can I report him anonymously? I haven't tried calling up the cops yet because I'm not sure its a criminal matter, but I don't want to go file papers at the court or anything for civil bullshit? Presumably there is a "city ordinance office" or something - would they be the people to report this to? What is a likely outcome?
I'm not interested in a confrontation or a conversation with him, as there is no compromise to be had - I don't want to live next to an auto-shop. I want to have plenty of parking available when I have visitors.
Is there a way for me to find out the home-owner's address online? I know the home-owner doesn't know he's running the shop (she doesn't live locally and has only visited the house once by his account [at which point she did see the shop, but he got the state trooper who lives across the street from us to say "its alright to work on other people's cars here as long as the car owner is helping/stays here" - which I'm sure its not, and either way its obvious cars are dropped off and picked up and that he is the only person working]).