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Old 05-19-2012, 10:09 AM
Location: Lexington, SC
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Corner lots are always tricky as one back side edge is usually along the street.

Sounds simple, but let me assure you that it is not. I have seen issues where a compromise must be made and it is usually the homeowners who compromisies as they are the ones that want the fence.

It is common in HOA's for the developer/declarant to have allowed things to make sales easier when they controlled the BOD, that later BOD's will no longer allow. Usually in that case, the things done under the declarant are "grandfathered" in. When this happens, the arguement....but others have it....usually does not fly.

The advice do it and ask permmission later rarely works in an HOA.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:17 AM
Location: Morrisville, NC
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Well, the best thing to do is to provide the evidence like you said, that you think helps your situation and nicely ask them for clarification of the rules and how they were applied to the other cases. They may just be OK with it.

Most HOA boards, unlike the horror stories, are made up of nice people just trying to do their best to keep the neighborhood looking decent and take care of your common areas, while 99% of people, do nothing but simultaneously complain their dues are too high and the neighborhood isnt nice enough, while a few people habitually don't pay their dues, putting a further strain on things.

If they are not responsive or you still beleive you are being treated differently, that's a different story.

And please let us know that they say.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:31 PM
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the whole "being discriminated against"...

My HOA's CCRs actually state in writing, that no allowance granted to anyone will set any kind of precedent for anyone else.

And since (according to the interpretation of the CCRs (which are very vague) everything is potentially subect to approval ....

It could in fact mean that your neighbor could be allowed to install a wood fence, and you couldn't, simply because.


Needless to say, the first 3 years in my neighborhood sucked as the HOA went into hyper crazy mode and everyone hated everyone else.

Currently, the HOA board is very chill, and more concerned with increasing neighborliness and morale, than on approving your flower choices. But, of course that can change at any moment.

HOA elections are fraught with danger.

Eventually we will sell and buy in a non-HOA neighborhood. For the moment, we just keep our heads down and don't make waves.
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