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Talking Neighborhood Banning My Transit 350 HD!

To my surprise I received a letter from my Home Owners Association (HOA) regarding my Transit 350 HD being too tall and too long, thus violating the association C.C.R's. The association rules state that no vehicle can exceed 7 feet in height and 18 feet in length and be parked in the neighborhood. (On the street or in a driveway unless you are a temporary vendor)

This all started with my neighbor complained about my Transit van and alerting the HOA of the rules violation. The HOA letter states that there will be a HOA hearing next month to deliberate on my violation and to allow me to plead my case.

So, if anyone lives in a community that is a 'Site Condo' and has association rules, including neighbors who just love to complain and make everyone's life miserable, be aware of such rules prior to purchasing your Ford Transit Van. Especially if your Transit is one of the larger models. (Alternative is find a more hospitable community... LOL...)

Wish me luck and pray that the HOA committee likes Transit vans.

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This was a common situation on the Sprinter Forum for years. People purchased a new Sprinter only to find that it violated the HOA rules, or that the ONE PERSON running the HOA didn't like it because it looked "different". Even people who read through the HOA rules and thought they were abiding (not having dual rear wheels, no signage on the van, no commercial plates, meeting height and length rules, etc) would find a nasty note from the little old busybody HOA enforcer telling them they must get rid of their vehicle.

Solution: NEVER live anywhere with an HOA, it always sucks.

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Just slap a handicap sticker on the van....make it more difficult for them...
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To my surprise I received a letter from my Home Owners Association (HOA) regarding my Transit 350 HD being too tall and too long, thus violating the association C.C.R's. The association rules state that no vehicle can exceed 7 feet in height and 18 feet in length and be parked in the neighborhood. (On the street or in a driveway unless you are a temporary vendor)

This all started with my neighbor complained about my Transit van and alerting the HOA of the rules violation. The HOA letter states that there will be a HOA hearing next month to deliberate on my violation and to allow me to plead my case.

So, if anyone lives in a community that is a 'Site Condo' and has association rules, including neighbors who just love to complain and make everyone's life miserable, be aware of such rules prior to purchasing your Ford Transit Van. Especially if your Transit is one of the larger models. (Alternative is find a more hospitable community... LOL...)

Wish me luck and pray that the HOA committee likes Transit vans.

Cheers,
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I have had to refrain from any lettering on my last van at all, and so far with this one have really had to park at an extreme angle, and be dutiful during contracted snow removal processes. Helps to have the wife on the board though 👩 !

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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.
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Thank you all for your input... it really does suck having the 'Big Brother HOA' running our lives.

Lets see what happens with my HOA board meeting....

Handicap sticker is a great idea if I was handicapped.

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To my surprise I received a letter from my Home Owners Association (HOA) regarding my Transit 350 HD being too tall and too long, thus violating the association C.C.R's. The association rules state that no vehicle can exceed 7 feet in height and 18 feet in length and be parked in the neighborhood. (On the street or in a driveway unless you are a temporary vendor)
I wouldn't get my hopes up. They're not creating a new rule -- you've already stated what the rules already are.

You would need to be seeking an exception. You might have to go 'round the neighborhood, and document all of the other CCR violations, to have some leverage.

I think a lot of times, CCR rules are written NOT with the notion that they will always be enforced, but, with the idea that they have a way to control something that becomes an obvious problem.

You could argue that the vehicle is not being used as a crudded up contractor rig, but, for personal use. BUT, the board will know that if they let you do it, they will have a problem enforcing the restriction when a guy with a crudded up contractor rig comes along, and cites you as precedence.

That "county roads" post, above, would be worth a look.
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Join the HOA, get some friends to join and become voting members with a majority, and then disband the HOA. It's been done all over and once it's done it's done.
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IMHO it does not make sense for any HOA to cite on personal van with valid license and park on one's home driveway. Esp it's new and beautiful. ..

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Join the HOA, get some friends to join and become voting members with a majority, and then disband the HOA. It's been done all over and once it's done it's done.
Heh, one of my neighbors wants to go the other way --> TO having an HOA. He wants a way to make a small number of inconsiderate neighbors fall in line. I told him he should have thought about wanting an HOA when he was looking to buy -- just as I did in making sure there was NOT an HOA, when I bought.
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