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DonnaS
(Tennessee)

Posts:5671


06/26/2006 5:36 AM  

Our community of 568 homes, under a H.O.A., where the average price is $600,000 to $900,000, has a "Protective Covenant" stating that pickup trucks must be kept within the garage and not parked in the driveways. For 2 years, we have been in litigation with 3 owners who refuse to follow this covenant.
We finally have a court date set for this fall. Win or lose, we want to rewrite the covenant to deal with these trucks. How do other Associations deal with pickups and allowences and parking of them. We are in Florida and it seems that every family has at least 1 truck.
RogerB
(Colorado)

Posts:5067


06/26/2006 7:01 AM  
Donna, your note implies you already have a Covenant restriction against parking pickups outside the garage. If that is true, then the next step I would take is to set up a schedule of esculating fines for violations in Rules and Regulations on Enforcement of Covenants and Rules. Provide it to all owners and constantly educate them. This approach is much better than trying to use the legal system for enforcement.
GeraldT1


Posts:0


06/26/2006 7:23 AM  
DonnaS,

My north new jersey association consists of single-family homes and townhouses. The COA and HOA associations restrict commercial vehicles, not pickup trucks. All condo's and single-family homes have two car garages.

While the other 565 owners in your association may be complying with the pickup truck covenant, I wonder what your covenant is supposed to accomplish.

Is it felt that pickup trucks in plain sight will devalue the look of your association, is there some sort of safety issue?

Do your governing documents have a percentage requirement for changing a rule and regulation, or does this power reside with your board?

GeraldT1
WilliamT
(Arizona)

Posts:489


06/26/2006 7:41 AM  
Posted By DonnaS on 06/26/2006 5:36 AM


We are in Florida and it seems that every family has at least 1 truck.



That may be the answer to your problem. Since every family has one, why should you ban them. We also are a community with $600k to over $1mil homes and we do not have a ban on pickup trucks. Most pick up trucks today are just as nice as a car.

We do not allow any trucks with advertising on them (commercial vehicles), except certain government vehicles that the state law requires us to allow.

So many people today have pickup trucks as a second vehicle that it seems outdated to try to ban them.

Give it some thought.
LisaS
(Illinois)

Posts:341


06/27/2006 1:47 PM  
I have to agree. I would think that if you own a $600K & up house that you can afford a really nice passenger truck. We have a four door that seats five. It is a lot nicer than my neighbor's old minivan sitiing in their driveway (ours is in the garage, but not because it has to be)

I would find some objection to 'big trucks' like Ford F250 & up. These are all pretty much work trucks. If you are adamant about trucks not being allowed, have you though about setting a weight limit restriction or a license plate class retsriction? Your state DOT should have the approriate numbers.
CalvinC
(Florida)

Posts:20


06/28/2006 8:36 AM  
I don't think you can even say that about a F250 or F350 etc.. They look the same as a F150. We have neighbors that have a F250 that's nice but he pulls a 200k boat with it.
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