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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. Good luck sir in your quiet quest to be allowed to park your own vehicle on your own property. The idea of having to go to an alternate location in order to get to your own personal vehicle seems very oppressive.

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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.
People having no respect for others or rules has become the norm in our "civilized" society.

I see it all the time, both in neighborhoods and in camping, especially camping, a frequent pastime for many on this site.

I too would not normally live in a a neighborhood with a HOA, but I actually see them becoming more needed the way people have devolved.
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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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Larry, Sir, nicely stated and I am guilty as charged

I am reacting to a fear and threat and have been helped by your statement. Thanks!

I have written a rather long, conciliatory response that I shall spare everyone here. I hope that instead of my use of the word savior, that maybe I can say advocate instead? My bad. I really wish the new van owner shall prevail, and the entire neighborhood can be happy with that too.


However, this issue is very much in play for all of us, on either side of the issue. I shall withhold further opinion from showing up on this thread unless there seems to be clear indications that is what this particular threat wishes to become.

Best of luck, but stand your ground too!
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Lots of HOA's just blow smoke to see if you will bend to their wishes

Does your HOA have a record of spending money on attorneys to get things done?

If not, I may be inclined to just ignore them

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I used to live in an HOA neighborhood that banned any vehicles rated over a half ton. I had a 1 ton truck and simply removed the badges. They asked a couple of times, but it was the sort of area where everyone drove Range Rovers and nobody really had a clue. I eventually moved and bought a Dually and a Van. Unfortunately I had to park them almost two blocks away just outside of the entrance to the neighborhood. It was pretty funny as there was an entire lineup of roughly 30 vehicles that weren't allowed inside that were owned by owners. The people backing up to that street, but on the inside of the neighborhood were actually kind enough to keep an eye out for everyone and would send emails if they saw something suspicious.

Swore off HOA's forever after that though.
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Nothing worse... I hate these attitudes. I get that they don't want Cousin Eddie parking his RV and causing a hazard but these vans are our transportation as well. I'd go to the meeting and take it head on. If the van looks good, isn't a hazard and is one of your primary transportation I'd say they will have a tough time not giving you a pass.

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I live in a 45 house fully wooded, mountain area that has a HOA, but the original HOA documents were drawn up in the 70's and are very loose
So loose that the minimum square footage of the house that you build is only 1000 sq ft

I guess that seemed large way back when

No one here starts any trouble over silly crap like that
And besides, we (my HOA) don't have the funds to follow through and hire attorneys

So there are decent HOA's, but in general, I don't care for them at all

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I agree that our societal culture is devolving in the USA. Respect for the safety and privacy and concerns of others is rapidly disappearing. People think it is not only acceptable but NORMAL to walk around in public places like stores with their cell phone on speakerphone, and shouting their whole banal conversation into it for all to hear from 50' away. That's just an example that typifies behaviors that are now "normal" among the unwashed masses.

I can definitely understand the desire to insulate from the idiots where you LIVE, because you can't do it in public places anymore. For the last 3 years my next door neighbor was a drug dealing gangbanger who had cars coming and going blaring rap and peeling out 24 hours a day; until he got shot to death this Fall. The neighborhood is really quiet and nice now, people let their kids out in front of their houses and everything. If I lived in an HOA community, I never would have had to endure that. But, in my area I'd never be able to afford that, my house is already worth almost a million, even though it it ghetto adjacent.

If you are not familiar with the movie Idiocracy, watch it. It's where we're heading, fast.

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until he got shot to death this Fall.
Did the police suspect you did it?

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Thank you... will keep everyone posted...

Hope you win your case. Can you argue it is un-constitutional to not allow family vechicle legally registered and licensed to park on one's own driveway.
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