Saturday, July 10, 2010

Homeowners association demands removal of energy-efficient door

Ashley Woods West resident says California Solar Rights Act protects his right to use the passive solar door

When Frank Sigrist installed a passive solar garage door in his Granite Bay house, he forgot to submit an application to his homeowner’s association.

He filed the required documents a month or so later, thinking he wouldn’t be denied permission because the $10,000 state-of-the-art door is energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing — besides, the garage sits far back off the street in this upper-end gated community.

“It’s not going to be a big deal,” Sigrist said.

But he was wrong.


Nah, who would have thunk it?

But board members are reasonable people, acting reasonably, right?


Fred Fischer said...

Housing Associations are the antithesis of the old term “give them an inch and they will take a mile.” This is very important to understand in the world of privatizing anything and it’s obvious that municipal leaders and State representatives either don’t understand this fact or don’t care.
State legislation only grants housing associations under its scope the authority over the common areas and commonly owned property, “the inch.” Then comes the exclusive contract creators of the corporate entity and through the CC&Rs and declaration provisions they take “the mile” which is authority over the private properties themselves. Claiming to be for “mutual benefit” and to “protect property values” making housing associations a masquerade for the primary benefit of others, everyone except the members.

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Anonymous said...

"Since HOAs are very local and small, participants are often neighbors and hence have incentive to settle disagreements in a civil manner."

"Free-Market Alternatives To Zoning"
Feb. 28, 2009

Matthew 5:25 said...

"Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison."

Anonymous said...

To Matthew 5:25,
If the adversaries recognized any biblical versus there would be far more cyclops roaming around. The adversary want money (yours) and property (yours). Nothing is settled by giving to these adversaries. Their greed is unbound and your own life and property are finite. Your intent is to ensure that the dispute never makes it to the courtroom. With that goal in mind, there are other ways of dispensing with the dispute. Dispensing with the adversary would be a good start. Settlement is not an option.