There is currently a man in Frisco, TX fighting with his HOA because he drives a 2007 Ford F-150. The fight is because the Ford is not a "fancier" vehicle nor is it "plush with amenities" according to one of the HOA board members.
Because it's not a Cadillac Escalade or a Lincoln Mark LT, he cannot park his truck in his private driveway. One of his neighbors got an attorney and fought when they criticized his Chevy Avalanche, so the Avalanche is now part of the included list.
Granted, many HOAs have by-laws stating that you cannot park vehicles on the street for an extended period of time, so the streets are kept clean and uncluttered. However, saying you can't park your vehicle in your own driveway is going a little too far. It's not like it's an older clunker, but it's a fairly new 2007 model and it's not up on blocks.
The man with the Ford is going to park in his garage for now, but with only a 2 car garage, and the fact that he owns 3 cars, as his teenage son also has a truck, it looks like the family car gets the driveway.
One of the comments made about this article was "... I recommend the Ford company sue the heck out of them!" That would be interesting.
HOAs are allowed to set their own rules, but what is going to far? Many HOAs in the past have tried to say you couldn't have a satellite dish on your house, but was found that they couldn't dictate what kind of TV service you wanted. I wonder if this will turn out the same...
Any thoughts? I know many will say that you should read the by-laws of a community before you purchase the house, however, in my market, HOAs do not release documents until they receive money in hand for the resale certificate, and then they usually deliver the information the day of closing, if not just a couple of days earlier. At that point, it's basically too late for a buyer who loves that house to back out, especially if there is a domino effect of that buyer having a house to sell with a buyer waiting to close.
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