HOA’s gone wild

Anyone who has purchased a house in the last 10 years of so has see what monsters Home Owner’s Associations have become. It’s especially egregious in Texas, where the State Representatives gave HOAs the power to take your home. They are no elections when it comes to management teams, and there is no arguing or winning against them. Most of the time, courts won’t even take cases against HOAs, that’s how powerful their lobby is in Texas.

Witness this latest example of Lawn Nazi behavior:

By STEVE STOLER / WFAA-TV — Dallas Channel 8 — sstoler@wfaa.com

If there’s one thing Texans are serious about, it’s pickups.

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.

“It’s very frustrating and confusing. It’s hard to imagine how an HOA would try to dictate what type of vehicle you can drive and park in your driveway,” Mr. Greenwood said.

Bill Osborn of the HOA board said the association also prohibits boats, trailers, golf carts and RVs in driveways.

“The high-end vehicles that are allowed are plush with amenities and covers on the back. It doesn’t look like a pickup,” he said. “It’s fancier.”

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.

“Furthermore, one board member told my wife that if we don’t like it, we can move.”

HOA officials said that many Stonebriar homeowners own pickups but that they abide by the rules and keep them parked in their garages.

“A Chevy Suburban can be in the driveway,” Mr. Greenwood said. “If we had a big Hummer, that could be in the driveway. If we had a Lincoln Mark LT, that could be in the driveway. But a Ford F-150 can’t.

“That doesn’t make sense.”

McKinney Ford dealer Bob Tomes agreed. In Texas, he said, truck owners should have the right to park their pickups on their driveways – even in a gated community.

Now, if it were me, I think I’d be enlisting the mighty smack down arm of the Ford Marketing Division…because I’m sure they have pockets deep enough to fund this elitist bullshit. Fords aren’t good enough to be seen on the street? Surely Ford will want to squash that pretty quickly.

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