Two junk cars parked in tenants driveway. Now what?

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I have tenants who have 2 cars parked in their driveway that don't move. They have flat tires and look like crap. They drive a mini van that looks and sounds almost as bad. They park it on the street. Is there anything I can do to have the cars removed? Unfortunately my lease doesn't have anything about number of vehicles allowed. But beings they can't drive them and they are an eye sore, I would really like to get them removed.

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Put an ad on Kijiji or Craigslist for them. There are always car guys looking for deals and you might be able to get the tenants just to sell them. If they aren't driving them then selling them for cash is a great option.

@Kyle Grimm - Are they on a month to month, or year lease? If month to month, tell them you are giving them a new lease to sign, with the following verbiage (I cut this from my lease):

  1. Parking of Vehicles: All vehicles shall be parked only on the driveway, street or in designated parking areas. The Resident shall keep these areas free and clean of any vehicle fluids, such as oils, etc. Trucks (except for pick-ups and passenger size vans) boats, trailers, campers or motorcycles shall not be parked or stored on the premises without the prior written consent of the Owner/Agent. A maximum of 3 motor vehicles are allowed for tenant(s), and that such vehicles must have proper license plates (no temporary tags longer than 30 days), as well as proof of insurance on such vehicles. Un-plated, expired, or uninsured vehicles must be removed within 24 hours at landlord’s request. Tenant agrees not to park or store a motorhome, recreational vehicle or trailer of any type on the premises without written consent of the Owner/Agent.
  2. Repair of Vehicles: The Resident shall not repair vehicles on the premises (unless vehicle is kept in an enclosed garage) if such repairs shall take longer than a single day. Repair of vehicles on the premises shall be limited to the Resident’s own vehicles.
  3. Disabled Vehicles: Disabled vehicles shall not be left on the premises for longer than 24 hours. Disabled vehicles which are not in an enclosed garage will, after having one written 24 hour warning placed on the vehicle, be towed form the premises a the vehicle owner’s expense. All vehicles shall have a valid license plate, and insurance.

Interesting idea @Jonathan Edwards !  Actually I've been wanting a demotion derby car for a while.  Maybe this is my chance! 

Wow @Jim C. that's some fantastic verbiage.  After dealing with the issues these tenants have caused me, I will be adding a lot to my contract.  What is the chance of you sharing your contract with me so I can add to mine?  Originally I wanted the simplest contract I could find, but it left a lot of holes for my tenants to use against me.  I am definitely learning!

Check code enforcement rules in your area. They may have provisions about non working/out of registration vehicles on the street.

Are they doing any damage to the drive way like oil leaks? that is a valid reason to ask about it and to open a conversation about what their intentions are with the cars.

Originally posted by @Kyle Grimm :

Interesting idea @Jonathan Edwards !  Actually I've been wanting a demotion derby car for a while.  Maybe this is my chance! 

Wow @Jim C. that's some fantastic verbiage.  After dealing with the issues these tenants have caused me, I will be adding a lot to my contract.  What is the chance of you sharing your contract with me so I can add to mine?  Originally I wanted the simplest contract I could find, but it left a lot of holes for my tenants to use against me.  I am definitely learning!

I have driven in  the Demo Derby  two times , man it was fun 

That sounds good Jim Carson, I copied that verbiage and intend to use that on new leases. I have a Junk car under the carport of one of my 4plexes and haven't been able to determine if towing it off is legal. Not sure what their rights are in san antonio tx. 

Hoping someone knows for sure before I consult an attorney

In case anyone else has a similar issue, there are companies that will come to your house to tow away junk / eye sore vehicles for free, since paying for towing can be expensive.

There are a few of these that will offer this service, but the company my sister used to get a junk vehicle off her property was Junk Car Masters.


https://junkcarmasters.com/

Check with your city to see if they prohibit junk vehicles, even on private property. My city has an ordinance against junk cars parked in the open, even on private property. If so, kindly let your tenants know that they need to move said vehicles to avoid being fined by the city. Let them know you are doing them a favor and don't want them to get fined. 

You are making this way more complicated than is necessary. Yes language preventing unlicensed/uninsured vehicles is nice to have but you simply tell your tenants to remove the vehicle's asap or face eviction. It's your property, if you want them removed you do not need lease language to prevent tenants from storing vehicles on or junking up your property.  

Take responsibility and try not to operate your business based on fear. It's your property not your tenants to do as they please with it. Need to only put on your landlord pants.

I'm going agree with @Thomas S. on this one. If you have to "edit" the lease every time a tenant issue arises that's a massive headache. In my opinion it shows weakness as a landlord and property manager. 

I had roommate that did the same thing. He parked an old car in front of our house (rental). The city posted a sticker on the window and 10 days later the problem was solved. The city towed that junker to the dump!! It was really funny getting a text asking where his car went. 

#dumbestroommateever

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