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Right to Dry

The best way to protect and preserve your right-to-dry is to exercise it! Sadly, in the 21st century, we need actual laws in order to have the Right-to-dry laundry on a clothesline. Clotheslines are banned in many HOAs, condos, and apartments across the nation. The "Right-to-Dry" movement has pushed eight states to pass laws voiding clothesline bans and making them unenforceable. Florida was the very first sate to draft a Right-to-Dry bill into law so it they had a great model for many other states to follow suit. These states include Florida, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Vermont, Oregon, and California. In addition, a 1979 Oregon Law states that any restrictions on "solar radiation as a source for heating, cooling or electrical energy" are "void and unenforceable." Clotheslines rely on solar energy as part of Oregon's Solar Rights. Colorado was the second state to become a Right-to-Dry state.

The states in green below have laws that void any prohibition on clotheslines even contracts with HOA's, condo's, or apartment communities while the other states listed below protect our Right-to-Dry, they don't override contracts that prohibit clotheslines.

Right-to-Dry States

Do you have the Right-to-Dry in your state?

Florida Colorado Hawaii Maine Maryland
Vermont Oregon California
Indiana Texas
New Mexico
Utah Illinois Massachusetts Wisconsin
Nevada Louisiana Virginia
Arizona North Carolina