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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Interesting.  Unlawful?  I don't know? I believe that is governed locally. I suspect mail carriers, emergency responders may be delayed without a visible address.  

On the other hand, the ladies and drug dealers will know by the one house without an address. 


Nov 24, 2019 08:27 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I don't know if it's "unlawful", but seems a might stupid, too.  It makes it very difficult for emergency vehicles to find you... when seconds count.

Nov 24, 2019 08:20 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Laws tend to be local, county or state-based in these types of situations I imagine.  As for shady things, I like trees.  I don't think unlawfulness ever enter the thoughts of Joyce Kllmer as he wrote.  Of course, I don't know this for sure...just guessing.

Nov 24, 2019 08:28 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I don't know why that would be a problem, except when it comes to mail or emergency services finding you.

When it comes to real estate, we have an option to not display the property's street address online.  I had one seller in 14 years that wanted to take that option to not display the street address.  Cue the angry call from a look alike neighboring home's owner.  "Get my property off your website now!"  It was odd.

Nov 24, 2019 09:23 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

It's not unlawful in the town I live in.

Nov 24, 2019 08:26 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

I have no idea, ours was painted on the curb by the City.  A

Nov 24, 2019 09:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I would expect that's a local municipality issue as to whether it's unlawful. In Charlotte you must display a house number on a residential or commercial building on the front of the building and there is code requiring a miimum size. But don't know why you think it's shady if it is legal.

Nov 24, 2019 08:42 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

that's required for safety my town, you cannot get a certificate of occupancy unless the house number is visible and attached to the front of the house.... 

Nov 24, 2019 08:39 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

I can’t quote you the statue but I’m 99% sure we have at least a county ordinance that requires house numbers.

It would seem that those who might remove their house number have some nefarious intent but maybe I’m just friends with too many cops.

Nov 24, 2019 08:35 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Would not advise any homeowner to do that for obvious reasons!

Nov 24, 2019 11:05 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Pointless and stupid more than illegal.

Nov 24, 2019 10:00 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Not sure why anyone would want to do that unless they're trying to "hide" from something.  It's not that hard to figure out with the neighboring addresses and Google Maps.

Nov 24, 2019 09:39 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am sure that this is a local ordinance type of thing.

Nov 24, 2019 03:04 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It's not a problem here Mott Marvin Kornicki . Many homes in Minot do not have their addresses posted (nailed to the wall).

Nov 24, 2019 02:48 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

It's not unlawful in my area.  And we do have it on our mailbox, but if I had a PO box there would be no need to for numbers at the street.

Nov 24, 2019 01:52 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

All need to follow the local laws and regulations.

Hiding a number can be risky during an emergency.

Nov 24, 2019 01:39 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Not unlawful here. Many people have PO Boxes and no mailbox or address at their house. Others just have address on mailbox out by road, but not on the house. Others will have address painted on the curb at street. Other private lanes all have mailboxes lines up at end of lane closest to main paved street with addresses on the boxes, but not on their houses. Many houses here aren't even visible from the street so no one could see it anyway. EMS can easily look up address on county website and pinpoint location of houses even when there is no mailbox or address posted on home.

Nov 24, 2019 12:22 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I don't think it's unlawful but, why would you do it? Part of the building requirements is having the address on the home, visible from the street. That's just for the final occupancy requirement. There's nothing that says the homeowners can't remove the numbers though.

Again, why would you do it? You have to consider emergency facilitation and if you're a landlord, I would insist upon having that number visible to avoid any future litigation.

Nov 24, 2019 11:46 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

That depends on your local regulations regard such

Nov 24, 2019 07:48 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Not sure about the legality ... but I'm still stuck on WHY would a homeowner not want their address displayed?  Not good for the mail carrier or emergency situations.  Time to rethink this one.

Nov 24, 2019 03:09 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I am not aware of it being unlawful, but that is likely a jurisdictional issue.  Personally, I try to make mine as visible as possible so that first responders can find me if I ever need them.  Plus, on a more "average day" note, I want my deliveries to get to my home and those title couriers to deliver my commission checks with the greatest of ease!  :)

Nov 24, 2019 11:55 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Not that I am aware of

Nov 24, 2019 09:07 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Seems ridiculous as how to find the property for sale?

Nov 24, 2019 08:52 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I can't think of any reason why someone would do this.  

Nov 24, 2019 06:55 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Not sure whether it is unlawful but not sure whether it is a smart thing to do.  

Nov 24, 2019 06:47 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I did a quick internet search and while it appears that each property must have an address, I did not find a specific mandate that the address be displayed on the property.

Just a thought: does removing the posted address from a property make it invisible? Answer: NO. It just makes it harder to find.

Nov 24, 2019 03:25 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I believe the visibility of house addresses are probably dictated by local zoning. For us, with new construction a final occupancy is not given unless the address is up and visible.  

Nov 24, 2019 02:05 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

customer demand

Nov 24, 2019 11:22 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Strange, why to remove number of the house? 


Nov 25, 2019 08:10 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

 For sure, you are right, Kathleen Daniels 

Nov 25, 2019 12:41 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Here there are subdivisions that require it, but I don't think it's a zoning regulation, however for emergency services it's wise and our local fire department sells signs that are reflective that we recommend people buy even if it's a second home with no mail box.

Nov 25, 2019 02:05 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Not only should the numbers be removed, the box on the street should vanish and the owner name obscured via an LLC.

If for no other reason but to keep real estate agent marketing stuff out of sight.

There are those that simply want to be left alone. Present common practice makes that impossible so some take measures that should encourage others to leave them alone.


Nov 25, 2019 05:29 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

To each his own.

Nov 25, 2019 04:36 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

What does the LOCAL municipality say regarding this ?

Nov 25, 2019 04:12 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Illegal, not sure! Not practical, for sure!

Nov 25, 2019 04:06 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

Depends on your muncipality. I believe it's required in NYC.

Dec 23, 2019 07:51 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I know one of the homes I listed this year did not have house numbers on it, so I asked the sellers to do this, and they never got a notice from the City.  

Dec 04, 2019 03:06 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Fire fighters, ambulance drivers and police have a hard-enough time finding homes, why would you hide your number? 

Nov 26, 2019 01:49 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I don't know if it's unlawful, but it's stupid! If you call an ambulance, the police, the fire department they will have a hard time finding you!

Nov 26, 2019 06:54 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

I would have to check the local city/county codes but I know first responders wish folks would put reflective letters/numbers out to make finding houses easier.

Nov 25, 2019 07:52 PM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

I have my # on both sides of my roadside mailbox & next to my front door. I want to get the right mail.

Nov 25, 2019 04:30 PM