guest blog by Nila Ridings
Here’s a homeowner who drives a pick-up truck and parks it at his home on his driveway. Well actually it’s not his driveway according to his HOA.
This HOA board is dumber than a box of rocks, in my opinion. A pick-up truck does not indicate a person operates the vehicle for commercial use!
How well I know. One of my vehicles is a pick-up truck. Thank goodness it has four-wheel drive. My HOA owns my driveway, too. They are supposed to maintain it, but in ten years they have only sealed it once. One time! After it had cracked and fallen apart. The worst issue I’ve had is when it dropped below the concrete floor in the garage. I literally could not get my truck into my garage without using four-wheel drive every time!!! In addition, every time it rained the water ran in under the garage floor and eventually into my finished basement. The HOA made a very poor attempt to repair the driveway after I had professional contractors tell me it was not repairable. Now it has separated leaving a crack across the driveway that is 3″ deep allowing water to run under the driveway. It has also started to drop again…back to four-wheeling into my garage I’ll go.
The HOA now claims it’s my responsibility to pay for the replacement of the driveway. Yes, we are in another court battle because my HOA would rather spend $100,000 on a legal battle than to replace a $5,000 driveway. As our readers know, you just can’t fix the incredible levels of stupid in an HOA!
A former board president told me that all driveways are common ground. I asked if I had a party and needed extra parking spaces could my guests park on my neighbors’ driveways? He said, “They sure can!”
As if we don’t already have at least a million reasons why not to buy in an HOA, this driveway issue is just more proof of it!