How Can I Stop The HOA From Building A Parking Lot Next To My Property?

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We are members of an HOA. We bought a house with 2 empty lots beside us (empty because they didn’t perk) 5 years ago. Our HOA is contemplating voting on buying the one directly beside us and turn it into a boat storage area. We will vote on January 9th and I want to be prepared. It will be an eye sore to say the least if it passes and we have to live within 15 feet of a parking lot, in essence, for boats. What, if anything, can we do to keep this from happening?

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A few ideas come to mind, but I would suggest you consult with an attorney as soon as possible, since it’s easier to stop something like this than to reverse it.

First, you can buy the lot. If you own it, the HOA doesn’t. Second, you can lobby your neighbors in the HOA to vote against the proposal. Try to come up with reasons that it would be in their interest to do so.

Third, you can review the HOA documents carefully to see if there are any limitations on the Association’s right to do this sort of thing, or procedures for grievances such as yours.

Good luck!



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Author: House Attorney