When HOAs get nuts

My wife doesn’t think living under the iron fist of a homeowners’ association would be a big deal. I disagree. You never know whether you’ll get normal people in charge, or mind-blowingly arrogant [insert derogatory term here]:

From Frisco, Tex., we get this from the Dallas Morning News:

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.


Mr. Greenwood appealed, claiming his Ford F-150 isn’t much different from the Lincoln Mark LT.

"The response was: ‘It’s our belief that Lincoln markets to a different class of people,’ " he said.

(Oddly, the HOA allows Hummers — the epitome of low class, IMO. So go figure.)

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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One Response to When HOAs get nuts

  1. Matt Wilkins says:

    I would be very interested to see an actual copy of their HOA bylaws. I live in Lake Ridge (one of Virginia’s Larger HOAs) and their vehicle rules I feel are very fair for a vast majority of the residents. Here is an excerpt courtesy of their website http://www.lakeridgeva.com.

    “Any vehicles without license plates, and/or vehicles with expired license plates, and/or vehicles with severe body damage, are not permitted to be visibly kept on any property or street within Lake Ridge. Vehicles with gross weight in excess of 7,500 pounds, and/or vehicles exceeding 784 cubic feet in size , and/or vehicles with four or more rear wheels, are not permitted to be kept on any property or street within Lake Ridge. These vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense and risk.”

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