Down On The Mile High Street: Take That, Homeowners' Associations!

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
down on the mile high street take that homeowners associations

It just does my heart good to see a suburban Denver neighborhood in which there’s no meddlesome HOA to tell a man he can’t have a vintage customized Econoline on the street and a Mustang drag racer in the driveway.

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  • Robert.Walter Robert.Walter on Jul 21, 2011

    I'm sure the HOA will be forced to act once he parks a Pontiac Aztek in that drive...

  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Jul 21, 2011

    Who need's HOAs to get hassled? A friend of mine was facing 93 days in jail for growing a vegetable garden, a really nice one too.

  • Turtletop Turtletop on Jul 21, 2011

    Bah… that's nothing. Take the house next door to me: no less than EIGHT non-registered, non-operable cars on a 50'X100' lot, and another clapped-out junkbox parked on the street in front. No one has lived in the house for nearly 8 years now, so it's effectively a permanent open air junkyard in a residential area. Add to this the charm of the owner starting up parts his collection every few months (for what reason I've yet to determine) fouling the air in my house with exhaust fumes, and then ignoring me when I complain. I'm about as easy going as they come and I've tried to be patient, but the situation never improves. I finally got fed up and called the city and filed complaints for the numerous ordinance violations at this property, and they were all assigned a "level 3", which translates to no enforcement action whatsoever. The inspection office has had to drop employees due to budget cuts over the last several years, so unless there's a fire or lives are at risk, they refuse to do anything about it. Case closed in every instance. I don't have the resources to take any civil action. What to do? You know, I like to work on my cars as much as the next guy, and I loathe the idea of the city or an HOA sticking its nose up my posterior at every turn, to say the very least. But can we have a happy medium here? A little common sense applied? What the hell good are ordinances if the most chronic, over-the-top violators never see any enforcement action taken?

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    • Turtletop Turtletop on Jul 22, 2011

      @SPPPP Steve65: Yeah, I like it! But, I'm really trying to take the high road, although I'm not sure that there's any reward for doing so. SP: Township? Actually, I live in a major west coast city. Right smack in the middle of it, in fact. Hint: there was a mini-series all about it on IFC recently. As it is, my property taxes are quite enough of a "donation", already nearly half of what my mortgage costs me each year. Frankly, I don't mind paying taxes, even relatively high ones, if I'm getting good service and solid infrastructure in exchange... I really wish that was the case in this instance. Hmpf. And, I'd love to buy the house next door... just for the privilege of personally bulldozing it.

  • Steve65 Steve65 on Jul 21, 2011

    Are you equally thrilled by the SUV blocking the sidewalk? Everything about that picture screams "resident is an oblivious self-centered asshole. Move in at your own risk."