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Monday, August 18, 2008

Another Insane HOA

My love affair hatred of homeowners' associations is well documented. I have to admit that is one good thing about living in an apartment- no HOA. It's about the only good thing about living in an apartment, but it's there.

I think I may have found someone who despises HOAs more than me... with good reason.
But a Frisco man says his truck is being targeted simply because his homeowners association doesn't think it's classy enough.

Jim Greenwood said he never dreamed his HOA would have a problem with his new Ford F-150 pickup. Then he received the first of three notices threatening him with fines.

"Mr. Greenwood, you're violating a subdivision rule that prohibits pickup trucks in your driveway," the notice reads.

Stonebriar HOA rules allow several luxury trucks on driveways, including the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Avalanche, Honda Ridgeline and Lincoln Mark LT.

But most Ford, Dodge or Chevy pickups are restricted. 
"Luxury trucks"? Talk about an oxymoron.  And talk about snobbery gone overboard! But they did make one concession- pickups can be parked in the garage. How nice of them. One of the board members told Greenwood's wife that "if they don't like it, they can move." How... classy.

And a HOA board member said that "Lincoln markets to a different class of people." Uh... yeah... I don't know about Frisco, TX, but where I grew up, Lincoln and Cadillac are still the preferred ride of drug dealers. No,really. You see a pimped out a Lincoln Towncar or Mark LT or Cadillac Escalade where I come from and you can almost bet it didn't get paid for with legal earnings. Just sayin'...

But here's the problem. When you buy a house in a covenant community, you also sign legal documents that you will abide by their silly rules. While I agree that the rule is stupid and snobbish, it's the rule. If it was there when they moved in, then they should have read the rules. If it became a rule after they moved... maybe they should attend the HOA meetings or maybe even run for a HOA board position.

I agree with Mr. Greenwood that it's a stupid rule. But he signed up for the stupidity when he moved into a HOA neighborhood.

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