Home Owners Associations. Or HOA. A necessary evil?
Let’s talk HOAs. We have never lived in a community with a HOA, we do now. We have always had homes and property where since we bought it, pay for it and own it we could do pretty much what we wanted. Not any more.
We get that in communities you need some rules, regulations and restrictions. It make sense. We get that they don’t want purple painted brick homes or RVs and boats parked unkept in driveways, We get that they want yards looking nice and neat. We don’t get that having written conditions, codes and restrictions, board members can arbitrarily decide what is and isn’t allowed.
Our community is small and quiet. We don’t have amenities here, no pool, clubhouse, walking paths or lake. We have a total of about 6 roads, a front entrance that is kept up and street lights that are maintained. We also have fake grey rocks over our well heads and underground utilities. The underground utilities require above ground boxes, ugly above ground boxes. We are the lucky home owner who has those boxes on one side of our yard. We have a flower garden around them and are attempting to hide them.
Here’s where the issue comes in, we put up white vinyl decorative panels in a “L” shape to hide these boxes from street view. We have lovely flowers and decorative grasses growing in front of them. We have in no way blocked access to these boxes. The entire back and one side is open for maintainence when needed. All in all the flower garden is looking like an English cottage garden and really adds to the yard
SO, imagine our surprise when we get the “compliance letter” from our HOA stating that it had been brought to their attention that we have put up white vinyl fencing and white vinyl fencing is not allowed. Don’t you love the sentence “brought to their attention”? We did.
We can find nowhere in any of the rules, codes, conditions or architectural paperwork where is says no white vinyl fencing. In fact vinyl is one of the allowed materials.
Webster gives the definition of fence as..
A structure like a wall built outdoors usually of wood or meal that separates two areas or prevents people or animals from entering or leaving.
What we put up does not separate two areas, nor does it keep anyone or anything from entering or leaving…it is purely for decorative purposes.
If you have ever dealt with an HOA, you know it can be like banging your head against a brick wall. We have been told that the board never approves white vinyl, why, well certainly not because it’s not allowed, but apparently because someone doesn’t like it. And apparently we were remiss in not asking permission first before we put this up, seriously…IT IS NOT A FENCE. Please see definition above…we repeat it is NOT A FENCE. It’s decorative and designed to hide the offensive utility boxes. You know, like the grey fake rock we have to have to hide the well head.
However, wanting to be good neighbors we have filled out the proper form and having been assured that white isn’t going to make it, have asked if a forest green one would be approved.
Now we wait and see. Because if it isn’t approved we have some very interesting ideas that will in no way be mistaken for a fence.
Updates to come….have a blessed day
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