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Old 06-19-2011, 01:21 PM   #1
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Hopefully by 1pm today I will be all set which is good b/c my HOA contacted me today saying they're recieving complaints about the trailer in the driveway and it needs to be moved.
We are not allowed to leave a trailer or boat in a front driveway either in the winter months - not a HOA rule but a local government rule that applies to the whole municapality. Our rules are that trailers, boats etc can be in the driveway from April to October 1st providing they are not parked for X so many days without being moved. Most people use them enough that they only need to find storage for them during the winter months. You may want to check to see what the actual HOA wording is in regards to the trailer.
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:12 PM   #2
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Also contact Good Sam, they have a wealth of information in re: local restrictions on rv and parking issues. They have gone to court in the past and had some success.
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:47 PM   #3
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I have only one suggestion for rules 'states'. Move to NH, recently rated the freest state in the USA. Interestingly the freer states also have the lowest unemployment rates and the lowest taxes.

I hope this is not political but informational.

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Old 06-19-2011, 04:49 PM   #4
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My HOA quoted me the paragraph right down to the line number where it specifically says no RV, Boat, trailer etc may be parked in the driveway at ANY time. Kindof stupid for FL really. I responed that most other HOA's allow at least 24 hrs for prep but even 12 hrs is more reasonable then Zero Tolerance. Our previous neighborhood had a policy where they allowed 3 days so I guess that is where I got confused in thinking I had some time. We've been wanting to move but cant due to the housing market now but this makes me all the more determined to do so just as soon as the market recovers so that we can sell.
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My HOA quoted me the paragraph right down to the line number where it specifically says no RV, Boat, trailer etc may be parked in the driveway at ANY time. Kindof stupid for FL really. I responed that most other HOA's allow at least 24 hrs for prep but even 12 hrs is more reasonable then Zero Tolerance. Our previous neighborhood had a policy where they allowed 3 days so I guess that is where I got confused in thinking I had some time. We've been wanting to move but cant due to the housing market now but this makes me all the more determined to do so just as soon as the market recovers so that we can sell.
Hi: melissab... This sorta puts a hitch into plans to "Driveway Camp" don't it??? We have rules about picking up after your dog...but I still have to patrol the road allowance's with a shovel before cutting the lawn!!!
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:53 AM   #6
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My HOA quoted me the paragraph right down to the line number where it specifically says no RV, Boat, trailer etc may be parked in the driveway at ANY time. Kindof stupid for FL really. I responed that most other HOA's allow at least 24 hrs for prep but even 12 hrs is more reasonable then Zero Tolerance. Our previous neighborhood had a policy where they allowed 3 days so I guess that is where I got confused in thinking I had some time. We've been wanting to move but cant due to the housing market now but this makes me all the more determined to do so just as soon as the market recovers so that we can sell.
Yet there is no problem with someone coming home with their work truck with ladders in plain view or lawn cutting service with their equipment in the back? No sense means nonsense.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:59 AM   #7
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I love my HOA!!! After owning a home across from a rental and dealing with blue tarped motorhomes and boats and a yard that got mowed twice a year, I'll handle the rules. When I went to the title company to sign the papers for purchase, I had to read and sign the HOA rules and regs. I knew precisely what I could and could not do. The document was four pages long and I read every single word. What I have problems with are people who are given the opportunity to read, and don't, then sign and complain at a later date.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:15 AM   #8
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My HOA quoted me the paragraph right down to the line number where it specifically says no RV, Boat, trailer etc may be parked in the driveway at ANY time. Kindof stupid for FL really. I responed that most other HOA's allow at least 24 hrs for prep but even 12 hrs is more reasonable then Zero Tolerance. Our previous neighborhood had a policy where they allowed 3 days so I guess that is where I got confused in thinking I had some time. We've been wanting to move but cant due to the housing market now but this makes me all the more determined to do so just as soon as the market recovers so that we can sell.
Many HOA especially ones that have only been in place for only a few years have rules that have no actual relationship to what the majority of the homeowners want. Often HOA's start out with rules obtained from another HOA. As a result it is very common for HOA rules to change over time. If the rule is something that you know a number of homeowners are not happy with its often pretty easy to have it changed. Start by talking with other owners who you know to have RV's or boats and see what their feeling on the rule are - you may find there a enough owners unhappy with the rule to out vote the ones who are. The hardest part may just be getting your neighbours out to the HOA meeting to actually vote on the change. Might be easier than moving though.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:22 AM   #9
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Agree Donna it is why easier & faster to deal with a neighour who for what ever reason decides that keeping the yard or home tidy is not on their things to do list, through an HOA than it is through a local government law.
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Sometimes it will take HOA years to get any action taken because they eventually have to go to court under due process to enforce any action. Local government, on the other hand can take action immediately if any situation/condition violates a local ordinance.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:40 AM   #11
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Thats often the case but here the local government will often drag thier feet when it comes to seriously addressing concerns about the state of someones yard even though it clearly does not meet the local bylaws. Yup they will leave a note or something but it often takes a lot more than that for people to respond. Funny enough people around here seem to react faster to a direct requests by their neighbours than they do from local government. Go figure.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:46 AM   #12
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Here in Pa. the local municipality will come out and cut your grass and then place a tax lien against the property if you do not pay the bill which is probably 2-3 times the normal amount. Seems to work as a deterrent.
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:11 PM   #13
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I am with Donna! Completely.........



Loved my HOA...........
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:39 PM   #14
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I've never lived in an HOA situation but did have a neighbor who went a little wacko about my horse van, accusing me of trying to somehow kill her baby by parking it (legally) on the street. I think the whole block was pretty happy when they moved out to the burbs, hopefully to a rules-friendly community. There's only so much uplift anybody wants neighbors trying to inflict on them.

[history nerd] Apart from chafing at not being able to store my toys on my own property, I am a little too creeped out by the history of HOAs to ever feel comfortable living in a subdivision that has one. [/history nerd]

Not a current problem for me, since I have no off street parking whatsoever and keep my Burro in a pay storage facility to make sure it goes unmolested when not in use.
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