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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.
You clearly have not either been in or read up on HOA situations. What can they do? Depending on how badly that contract was written lose everything would be the ultimate. This is not a minor "nuisance".
I have always wondered why people get involved in HOA's in the first place. Inevitably it is a heads they win tails you lose situation.
Good luck.....(where are you going to park the van after the hearing?)
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