Columbus, OH asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Rights for Ohio

Q: Why don’t HOA’s allow essential critical infrastructure workers, emergency plumber, park their vehicles at their homes?

When renting the home I was not told or given any information about the HOA, nothing in the lease. I am trying to work w HOA, even tho legally they should be dealing with home owners, but they are just condescending, rude, and bullying throwing their attorneys around. I have been nothing but cooperative with them and this has caused unnecessary stress on myself and family.

1 Lawyer Answer
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: HOAs are governed by a set of rules specified in a declaration that has been recorded in the county records and is binding on all the home owners and any others staying in any of the homes. The HOA rules provide fines or legal action for violations. They typically prohibit outside parking of commercial vehicles, trailers, boats, RVs, and other vehicles except passenger and non-commercial trucks. HOAs do it, because they can. HOAs do not want the character of the neighborhood and value of the homes reduced by a lot of commercial truck and RV parking. If an owner leases, the lease typically requires the tenant to follow all the HOA rules or face eviction. However, the HOA might not be able to enforce such rules for a commercial vehicle legally parked on a public street. Dealing with HOA board members can be difficult, and they could get your landlord to try to evict you for a HOA violation. If you are unable to work it out, you might have to park only in an enclosed garage. You could use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to review the situation and deal with the HOA.

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