A clever car collector told Reddit how he outsmarted his homeowners’ association (HOA) when it tried to make residents only have one vehicle in the driveway.
The collector, u / Independent-Grape586, shared his story on the r / MaliciousCompliance subreddit, which collects stories from people who strictly adhere to the rules, even if they do not live up to the spirit in which the rules were intended. The original poster (OP) won over 19,100 votes in favor and 1,100 comments on its post: “My HOA will find out that I absolutely live by the letter of the law.”
The OP explains that all the vehicles he owns – two cars, four motorbikes and a motorhome – are all driven and insured. There are also four people with driving licenses in his household. While he usually stored all these vehicles in his garage, when he saw that his HOA rules allowed “only one C-class vehicle” in each driveway, u / Independent-Grape586 saw an opportunity.
In the United States, there are typically three main classes of driving licenses – Class A, which allows the holder to drive large vehicles such as tractor units, tankers, and flatbed trucks; Class B, which allows drivers to use large buses and small dump trucks; and Class C, the most common type of license that applies to standard vehicles as well as vehicles that can carry 16 or more passengers not covered by the other classes, according to the Department for Transportation.
However, the class designation relates to the driving license and not the vehicle type. There is no such thing as a “C-class vehicle” that the OP has used to its advantage.
“I put 5 vehicles in my driveway,” wrote u / Independent-Grape586. “Letters have come. I was quickly able to empty them after asking for a legal definition of a C-class vehicle. No fines have been paid. “
A year later, the HOA changed its regulations, allowing up to three vehicles per driveway. But the OP did not get discouraged and did some research. He found that the HOA did not include public streets that had been ceded to the city – which the OP speculates was an “effort to avoid having to pay maintenance bills”.
“The HOA did not have the authority to stop people from parking on the public street. So I moved 2 vehicles to my very narrow street. One in front of my house and the other directly across the street in front of my neighbors’ house ”u / wrote Independent-Grape586. “Now, the only vehicles that could safely pass my house were motorbikes and one guy with a smart car.
“It was great. My street is the main thoroughfare into and out of the neighborhood. Lots of twists and turns so people can go home or go to work, ”he continued. “They did the rest of the work for me. Complaints and phone calls to the president of the HOA resulted in another vote to change the rules. Now my driveway is open to any number of legally registered vehicles.
“Fits 9 …. I need more cars,” he added with a smiling face.
Newsweek he had many stories about fighting the HOA. One man was fined after not driving his truck for two days because the HOA found it not driving. To avoid fines, he tuned the truck to be “loud as hell” and then parked in front of the HOA president’s house to start the engine to prove that his truck was indeed working.
Another HOA has been criticized for ordering a disabled war veteran to remove a wheelchair ramp. Reason? It was not made of wood of the “right color”. After the HOA was threatened with a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act, he dismissed the complaint.
And in one instance, the HOA tried to force its residents to participate in a mandatory garage sale, with 10 percent of the proceeds on the HOA. Moreover, the HOA has asked people to sell “luxury goods”. Residents were also told to use Stripe, a credit card processing app, so the HOA could monitor profits – but residents would be charged fees.
Redditors applauded u / Independent-Grape586 for fighting the HOA.
“I had a similar problem with my HOA. They decided that I couldn’t park my trailer truck on the street in front of my house. They sent me a good notification, ”wrote u / WinginVegas. “I replied that I am legally parked and they cannot regulate city streets. They said there is a state law that allows the HOA to manage streets in their community, but omitted the part that only applies to gated communities where maintenance is involved.
“I got a letter from the city’s parking director stating that only the city could regulate parking and that the truck and trailer were legal for 72 hours and then had to be moved, but there were no rules on how far it must be moved myself. They shut up quickly, ”they added.
“The city I used to live in was having trouble with that. They used license plate scanners to enforce traffic and issued fines if the same plate was picked up on subsequent scans longer than the allowed parking time. The court ruled that since the System could not prove that the vehicle was in the same place – somewhere on a scanned street – it was not valid evidence of a parking violation, “added u / archbish99.
“My favorite first step in dealing with HOAs is checking their license / registration. This varies by location, but in my area it is a legal requirement for HOA registration to be annual. “You suggested a cookie eater.
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