Hoo boy, things are going to get downright nasty in one of the largest HOAs in Virginia. Like many Homeowners Associations, there are strictly-worded restrictions against residents who operate home businesses. The ‘home business’ clause is one of the most idiotic parts of the typical set of CC&Rs. I would venture to say that home businesses are one of the largest sectors of the American economy.
Are you a freelance writer? You’re breaking the rules.
Do you do tax returns from home? You’re illegal.
Teach piano lessons? Forget about it.
But the Brandermill Homeowners Association in Chesterfield County, Virginia is about to commit residential suicide. They’re preparing to shut down 360 babysitters and private businesses.
Child care in a private home is outlawed in most associations, but those with smarter board members don’t try to enforce the restriction, unless a business operation is causing traffic problems. But as HOAs continue to hoist their anti-kids flag, more and more potential residents are telling their Realtors, “Don’t show me anything in an HOA.”
Brandermill is going to be turned into a war zone.