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Old 05-16-2016, 12:57 PM   #1
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HOA Covenants??

Just curious as to other HOA covenants around the country. I'm on our HOA board of 32 homes and our covenants state no storage of trailers/RVs. However, there is no time-frame stipulated in the current covenants.

Just to give you the local setting, we are 20 miles southeast of Denver in a rural farmland setting. Each lot is 5 acres with very few trees (open rolling hills).

We have debated setting a 72 hr window for cleaning/maintenance/etc but can't seem to reach a consensus. Several houses have invested in barns and we've even discussed allowing campers between Memorial Day & Labor Day.

With no time limit currently set, if someone is paying for storage, it's difficult to enforce the covenant if they have an RV in the driveway for a couple of weeks.

Just curious as to other HOA regulations that people operate under. As our neighborhood experiences turnover in houses, I'm seeing more of a snob mentality (someone complains after 3 days) which does not fit our rural setting and is the reason we moved from the burbs out to the prairie.

Having a camper ourselves, as long as the area around it is maintained (mowed), I don't have an issue with them being parked beside the house.

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Old 05-16-2016, 01:02 PM   #2
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So you have 5 acres and are rural?

Why even worry about it? It would make far more sense to say it has to be stored a certain way, clean, on paved ground, and so forth. However you want it to be so it's just kept nice for the area. For me, if I had that setting and it didn't allow my camper there I wouldn't purchase. But, that's just me.

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Old 05-16-2016, 01:06 PM   #3
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$50,000 and up and they can't park it next to the house?

Hard to imagine.

Not telling people what will work for them, but can't imagine being told I can't park my toys at my house.
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:06 PM   #4
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One of the reasons I hate HOA. My brother lives in an area as you do on 5 acres but no covenants and everyone keeps things neat even with campers and such. He even has a rr build around his yard. Around my area it's a no no to even think about parking a camper except for the day to load. Glade I'm not in one. Yep ya always get the complainers if they are just moving in. Later RJD
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:12 PM   #5
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I too don't like HOAs. Sometimes they work keeping the neighborhood clean and neat but many times go overboard. We were allowed to keep the motorhome for 1 night in our tennis court parking lot for 1 night and the driveway to load/unload as long as it didn't block the sidewalk. They went even further and banned pickup trucks and motorcycles from owners.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:09 PM   #6
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HOA have their place and are needed. When you bought the land didn't you know the
rules? I have lived in sub divisions with HOA and people wouldn't cut their grass!
If you bought in a place with HOA rules and now you don't want to follow them, shame on you.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:13 PM   #7
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As far as I know, HOAs are not prevalent in Canada. If there was talk of bringing one to my neighbourhood I would fight it tooth and nail.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:22 PM   #8
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HOA Covenants??

Our HOA allows one "vehicle", i.e. trailer, boat, RV, or whatever, to be kept in the back yard.
That being said, I have 4.
But I have a privacy fence, and live in the back of the neighborhood. Out of sight, out of mind.

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Old 05-16-2016, 03:28 PM   #9
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No HOA here, but when we first brought our trailer home and we're still shopping around for storage lots we had a neighbour call the township on us. Turns out the town has a bylaw against "storage" of a trailer onsite. No timelines stipulated, just no "storage". The person at the township I spoke to about it said we're allowed 14 days a year for loading, unloading or maintenance. I never did manage to find the actual bylaw stating that though.

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Old 05-16-2016, 03:31 PM   #10
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Like others, I would never consider purchasing a home that had a HOA prohibiting RVs. I don't mind stipulations (no parking on your front lawn, must have a poured or gravel pad, no junker RVs - don't go by age! Retro RVing is all the rage these days and folks are spending 6 figures for some of the classic ones!)

With storage facilities going for $130+/month and still having break-ins our rig is going to stay parked next to our house.

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