Georgia Homeowner Told To Narrow His Driveway

Just because you got permission years ago to modify your home, don’t count on your HOA to respect the past. A Georgia man is learning that the hard way. He squeezed three cars onto his driveway, and management company paid attention.

Ralph Isabella says he got board permission six years ago to widen his driveway. It was all fine and dandy until Isabella cleaned out his garage and temporarily parked the cars outside. Suddenly, the HOA says if Isabella doesn’t take out the new pavement they’ll narrow his driveway for him and sue him for the cost.

The Copper Springs HOA, Oakwood, Georgia.

Nice folks.

(link to story in Gainesville Times)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

3 thoughts on “Georgia Homeowner Told To Narrow His Driveway

  1. AngelaB

    I’ve learned the hard way to get everything in writing, even if only by email. Verbal permissions or approvals mean zilch. HOAs will forget or deny they gave permission. I’ve found you have to micro manage HOAs and treat them like two year old’s on parole.

  2. Leroy

    I know firsthand what did gentlemen in Gainesville Georgia is going through,pure hell.
    I am also a Georgia native I am going through the exact same thing. got approval ,then got a lawsuit against me I even have it in writing do you think that matters?


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