Comments: Creating Scandal Just for the Helluvit

I once lived in a place like that. I learned three valuable lessons:

#1-- READ AND UNDERSTAND the covenants

#2-- If you can find ONE HOME that violated the covenants and didn't get prosecuted (such as installing a shallow well pump), you are free to do the same thing.

#3-- If you don't like the covenants, attend the monthly Neighborhood Association meeting and propose amendments. I did that crap a lot and actually got a few amendments passed.

But you are right about one thing, Key. Anybody who wants to be part of the Homeowner's Association is a closet Nazi.

posted by Acidman on September 15, 2004 09:54 PM

Neighborhood Nazi...Check...Know what you mean

posted by Sam on September 16, 2004 04:10 AM

Convenants are the brain child of realtors, they drive the price of the property up by pretending to be an exclusive neighborhood. I learned the hard way and moved my ex-yankee ass out of one such neighborhood, I will be damned if I have to beg a committee of idiots to do something with property I own. Realtors and Lawyers are pond scum.

posted by James Old Guy on September 16, 2004 07:29 PM


I may not be a practicing Realtor at the moment, but I do hold my real estate license, which I use particularly in my own business transactions.

But I'll agree that MOST salivate only for their bottom line. (I prefer to hang with the jeans & boots wearing, acreage walking, knowledgeable, but still down to earth variety.)

posted by Key on September 16, 2004 07:44 PM

Well, my license is active, if seldom used, and I knew damned well what the covenants were when I moved in here, and I rather like them. It enabled me to force my neighbor to haul off his junked out Jeep, and my other neighbor to get rid of her piece of shit RV.
Didn't Thomas Jefferson say "The Tree of Liberty must be watered with the Bloode of Patriots, and Bad Naybores, occasionally"? I may be paraphrasing, but I think that's the gist of it.

posted by Velociman on September 17, 2004 02:27 AM

You're quite right. No First Amendment issue there. As for the bumper stickers, case or no case, depends solely on the wording of the particulr covenant.

posted by Jim - PRS on September 17, 2004 04:00 AM

I didn't mean to infer that bumber stickers were against covenants; it is the parking in the street that is against covenants...

Point being, if Kerry supporters can get away with breaking the covenants, while Bush supporters can not, that is where this fella might have himself a case.

posted by Key on September 17, 2004 03:29 PM

How would one go about getting rid of a huge RV that blocks the entire driveway as well as, causes visibitity problems for me getting out of the driveway and the children playing, the motorist can not see the kids if they ran out chasing a ball. There are restrictive bylaws but no association to enforce them.

thanks for your thoughts


posted by alison on June 13, 2005 02:16 PM
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