Ask Joe: Is neighborhood car repair business legal?

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Updated: 9/02/2014 6:52 pm

From the Ask Joe file, some Fernley residents are upset about what has been happening in their neighborhood recently, and they turned to us for some help.

Linda Fisher wrote in saying her neighbors have been operating a car repair business out of their homes, and there are several broken down vehicles and trailers parked on the street. Linda said they have contacted the sheriff's office numerous times, but they have not taken action. She wants to know if we can help?


Linda lives on Emigrant Way in Fernley, and other viewers sent in some photos showing several cars being worked on, and a trailer parked nearby. The photos show the work happening during the day and nighttime hours.

Joe checked with Fernley City Manager Chris Good. He said they do have one code enforcement worker on staff, and this issue is being addressed.

In this case, Good said it is a clear violation. The residents do not have a business license, and he said you are not allowed to operate this kind of business in a residential neighborhood in Fernley.

Joe spoke with Chris Good on Friday, and our viewer said by Friday night, most of the cars were gone and things had been cleaned up. Let's hope it stays that way.
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Naizeroo - 9/4/2014 8:30 PM
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It sounds like there were no actions taken by law enforcement because there were no laws broken. How is this a "clear" violation? Did you get all the facts, from all parties in this? It looks to me as if he is repairing his own or his family's vehicles. Did you take your viewers word for the gospel truth? Could she have been mistaken that this person was operating a true business? Or just causing trouble? Was this vindictive or is there simply bad blood here? You should have talked to this homeowner and gotten his side of the story before you broadcast the "facts" from only one residents perspective. My husband works on our vehicles, because really, financially, what choice do we have? And his brothers. And his fathers. And his friends if they have a need. I would be heartbroken if someone called you and complained about us doing this and you didn't come talk to me before you showed pictures of my house to the entire community and told them I was doing something wrong. Disappointing reporting with this one. I know you can do better. Please follow up with this homeowner. You may owe him (or her for that matter) an apology. Especially if you just inserted yourself in neighborhood squabble. You even named the street. Yes, heartbroken. And betrayed by "Ask Joe", who most people trust.

Kramer - 9/3/2014 12:15 PM
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i know of such a 'business' in Reno; so Y can't TV viewers Contact their city? & Isn't C. Good a former Reno bureaucrat? Think about the insurance (liability) and waste requirements here, people. isn't this like "uber", ya'll?

LASD1096 - 9/3/2014 7:48 AM
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If that is the case then you better take a look at 1130 Truckee LN, in Fernley, same issue

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