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Old 09-12-2017, 07:04 PM   #21
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They were giving my dad grief about parking a plain (non commercial) pick up truck in the driveway
There were at least a couple HOAs in Texas that originally banned pickup or any other truck. They had to change that rule to allow pickups.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:16 PM   #22
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There were at least a couple HOAs in Texas that originally banned pickup or any other truck. They had to change that rule to allow pickups.


Ha! banning a pickup? in Texas?? The cowboy Cadillac??? That's some funny stuff lol


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A contractor has an obligation to make sure that what he builds is proper. You can't have a customer tell you he has a setback variance, you take his word for it, and then he doesn't want to pay when you get caught. Same thing here.
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You have an obligation to build it right however if a customer contracts you out to paint his garage door green and the HOA specifies a particular color instead of green then you are saying that you are responsible to know not to paint it green?

The homeowner is the "member" of the association and is responsible to know and follow the rules, they are the ones that pay the dues and attend the meetings, have a copy of the bylaws etc


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A contractor has an obligation to make sure that what he builds is proper. You can't have a customer tell you he has a setback variance, you take his word for it, and then he doesn't want to pay when you get caught. Same thing here.
Unless you are contracting directly with the HOA and you're agreement is contingent upon their specification, their CC&R's have no regulation over your business, only the members who hire you, which is why the HO had to submit the plans...

For example, in this case, there's absolutely nothing the HOA can do to the contractor if the wall was left in place, but they can go after the HO if they chose to because it violates their CC&R's... the HO wouldn't then be able to go after the contractor either... if it were a setback variance, and the contractor acted outside the rules, different outcome altogether...
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This takes a detailed reading of the HOA's rules. If they don't define exactly what a fireplace is, you may have some wiggle room. Is it just the firebox and chimney? Could the outer ~2' on each end be considered column supports which are attached to a fireplace?

HOAs in neighborhoods like that are used to people getting a lawyer to get heir way - they shut them down and don't give in, even if it's unreasonable and totally stupid.

tHATS exactly what I said. the fireplace is only 4 feet x11 feet the stone on the side supports the top tier of the pergola and the chimney HAS to rise a certain height off the roof. on top of that... its a 2 story so if the chimney isnt at least the same height, it will have bad draft and combustable back flow and release carbon monixide into the air. plus it will get soot on the house. Thats my story and im sticking to it.

and no you cant really even see it from the road... the crape myrtles cover it up pretty good.

you all make good points im just in denial.
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There were at least a couple HOAs in Texas that originally banned pickup or any other truck. They had to change that rule to allow pickups.

my hoa wont allow us to park trailers or commercial equipment in the same spot for more than 24 hours. so when the guy behind me painted his house PURPLE and put an ORANGE roof on it, you can understand why I was mad. when i complained they said they couldnt do anything about it because he wasnt part of the association. i said oooohhhhhh really!! well i wont be paying my dues this year and if you dont like looking at my trailers and you can park them up your BLEEP. !!!!!
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i dont think theres any issues with payments or the lack there of... im not scared in the least. i just feel bad if he spent all that money on that dang fireplace and it has to come down. we will find out this week if i bs'd enough to make it good.
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Good luck with it!
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Hopefully you have a signed contract regarding the scope of work, this sounds like an issue between the homeowner and the association. All that you did was what you were told to do within the scope of your contract. sounds like the homeowner might have to pony up and pay you for your time

It doesn't matter what the codes are if the homeowners association has restrictions and regulations then that's what you need to abide by. For example the town building code might allow a huge garage however if the homeowners association does not let you have a huge garage then you have to follow the bylaws of the association even though the municipality might allow it


There is a reason why people choose to live in home owner association's. It's to prevent their neighbors from doing whatever they want

I do a lot of repair work within home owner association communities through the one general contractor that I work for. He does a lot of work for management companies. All that I can say is too many chiefs and not enough Indians in the associations. I make it very clear to the general contractor that I answer to only one person who has the authority to tell me what to do and what not to do.... there are too many people that live there that come out and say they want this or they want that or express their opinion.

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When I bought my first town house I didn't bother with the association until I found out these idiots were bleeding the reserve fund dry with nonsense.

Haven't paid your dues in 3 years? Not a problem pick up some garbage and they would call it even.

Do like we do here we aren't allowed fire pits so you bring out a pack of hot dogs with you and if anyone says anything your not having a fire pit your merely cooking hotdogs and prefer to do it over the open flame than on the BBQ.

I think the biggest hurdle you may hit is if the ho is on bad terms with any of their neighbors and they have complained to the board.

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Well well! They approved it.! Ha! When the HO called to tell me he got the approval letter I said, Omg, i think im going to cry! I hate when my body acts like a girl!..
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Thanks! I cant believe they approved it. I thought for sure it was coming down. I do think if they had come out physically to look at it, it would not have been approved. Not that I lied in my letter to them, but i may have made some things sound not so bad. Like the part about the stone fireplace being only 4 foot wide and there being stone walls next to it to support the patio cover.

Which is true.. but really those stone walls are the fire place and technically it makes the fireplace 7 feet wide..

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