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Subject: Storing items on lots
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05/11/2006 10:58 AM  
The thread on parking and commercial vehicles has brought this to my mind but I started a new topic because this one deals with the storage of items on our lots.
We don't allow the storage of boats, campers, rvs, snowmobiles, motorcycles. on our lots. As a potential new member I would be sure to read through all the governing documents before buying in, but history shows all of us, this isn't what commonly occurs.
People buy into a HOA and then squawk when they can't store their 30' sailboat on their lot.
Maybe it is just my personal tendency to 'go with the flow' but who cares if my neighbor has a 30' sailboat in their backyard? I don't. I have a 14 year old teenage boy; want to trade? Trust me, some days I think I would be coming out ahead!
However, it is the rule and it has to be followed. Unfortunately the neighbor is part of the rapidly growing trend in our HOA, a full-timer, and doesn't have anywhere else to store his boat. He claims he is being penalized (should have read the governing documents).
But we are seeing this more and more with our members; the need to store items on their lots because it is the only property they own.


05/12/2006 8:18 AM  
We had the same situation with a trailer. After numerous letters, removal and re-appearance of the trailer, we finally fined him per our docs.

This resulted in the trailer being moved, a meeting with the owner to dispute the fine, in which we upheld. The homeowner threatened retailiation and board members ended up with dead grass and shrubs. The trailer never showed back up as he found a place to store it at an off site facility...and then he moved. Everyone is happy and we we rarely have this issue come up.


05/12/2006 10:43 AM  
we have had the same, and i have a standard letter for the first violation, which contains a list of storage places that his neighbors use for their boats, trailers, etc.. It also reminds them of the exact rule, and the penalty structure.

One thing to keep in mind: make sure your penalty is more than the storage fee, or it pays to simply pay the penalty each month, rather than pay the more costly storage space.

we have a homeowner now happily paying his $10/month penalty, because storage is $70/month. He is saving $60 every month, and he gets his trailer at home.


05/15/2006 8:25 AM  
If they can afford a boat, then they can certainly afford the boatyard storage fee. Sorry, that I'm not sympathetic on this issue, but I have a boat and I keep it on a trailer close to the water. Towing boats is a royal pain and who would want to do so, with the price of fuel these days? It never ceases to amaze me that most folks don't read their HOA docs when they contract for the home. There are plenty of communities out there without HOA's. Let them purchase a home in those communities. I really don't want to have to look at boat or trailer in the community. Sorry, I'm not empathetic.
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