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This is a long shot... but just in case -- are the roads in your neighborhood private roads or are they county/state roads? It just so happens in my neighborhood, which has an HOA, the roads are all county roads. As such, HOA rules about vehicles cannot be enforced when the vehicle is parked on the road (vice parked in the driveway).
So, if anyone ever complains to our HOA, they're basically told that yes, the HOA can send a notice. However, if the person moves the vehicle from the driveway to the street, it becomes a county issue and more than likely, the county can't or won't do anything about it. Take your pick: Be annoyed at the vehicle in the person's driveway, or be annoyed at the vehicle on the street.
Okay, somebody doesn't like what somebody is doing..... betting it can't be a court case, unless it gets to a bad debt type thing. So, let'm do what they do and just keep sending their nonsense into your trash bin.
What is the worst they can do? Fine you.... maybe? Seems there is nothing they can really do except maybe put a lien on your deed.... What ever... let'm try especially when they have to fork up some cash for a lawyer.
Who knows or really cares?
It might help to see it as your being a savior, keeping those with to much time and no life busy with your van, therefore not messing with someone else! Kinda like a public servant thing. Remember to remain pleasant, smile and keep the please and thank you thing going.
I work with HOA's almost exclusively and 99% of them are NOT groups of rogue individuals trying to wreak havoc on people's lives. The Boards are simply volunteers tasked with a fiduciary duty to enforce the rules and regs. Simple as that. Sure, they might get something wrong now and again but I assure you in today's litigious world not many go too far for fear of being sued. The CC&R's and recorded documents are there to be enforced because they control specific situations for residents to live in peace with expectations of quiet enjoyment and a clear set of rules to back them up should conflict arise. Should someone step outside of those rules the consequences are clear and simple to digest and they should be followed.
I bought my High Roof, Extended Transit in 2015 knowing I was buying a California commercial vehicle, something that was CLEARLY NOT ALLOWED in my HOA. ****, I was on the Board for multiple years and I had to abide by the written rules myself with no special exceptions. Since I was an informed resident I knew I had to park my Transit inside my shop at my office building. If I didn't have the shop option I would NOT have forced my van inside my HOA because that would have been disrespectful to other residents and the catalyst for conflict.
We all have a choice to move into HOA's or live in non-HOA controlled communities which are either county or city controlled with more wiggle room for Transit parking. I just moved out of my HOA into an older, city controlled neighborhood and I fully understand the benefits and drawback of each very clearly. It's not tough stuff. And I still choose to park my Transit in my shop, away from my new home, mostly out of respect for my new neighbors.
I strongly encourage those living within HOA's to talk with the Board BEFORE you purchase any Transit van, especially a larger commercial registered 350. Showing respect and talking about your intentions could actually get you further than dealing with the situation AFTER a violation comes to you. I can almost bet big money this Board is following the rules and handling their fiduciary duty, not trying to pick on you or single you out with the help of a neighbor. The other "creative" solutions like trying disband the HOA, carry a majority to change the rules, get a disabled access sticker, and/or blaming neighbors are often the reasons for conflict and wasted time every day inside HOA's. Like I told people in my community who were perpetual rules violators - You're not forced at gunpoint to live in an HOA. You know you can move somewhere that doesn't have these rules, right?
I believe the promoters of hoa's must not have any idea how to get along in civilized society. They may do just fine in this society but would be very unhappy in a civilized society where people know how to communicate and get along with others.
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