I will not ever be a strong advocate of HA's or condo associations,
BUT...I have lived next to neighbors who raised rabbits and chickens in
their back yard and piled all of the refuse ever owned along the
property line. So, every setting has drawbacks :o) And almost every
condo board has a goon who will do as they wish until someone removes or
objects often enough and strongly enough. Right/wrong, good/bad,
feasible/idiotic, or economical/wasteful often have nothing to do with
decisions. Absolute power........
We have a board member who likes to turn on sprinklers when people are
in the yard. Who assaulted me for turning it off. Don't believe it?
Why are they still on the board? It has to do, probably, with property
values, how the board votes on remodelling or approving new purchasers,
who gets in without a credit check, and how tough they get with
delinquent monthly assessments :o)
Oh, and I ran across a semi-definition (is that a word?) of "tree",
which described one as a self-supporting, straight woody stem with clear
trunk of at least 10' blah, blah, blah.
And when it comes to house colors, I drive by a bright purple house once
in a while. Don't mind seeing it. Would it drive me wild if I lived
next door? Don't know :o) Bright pink should be outlawed.
If you're in Florida, the Homeowners Association is required to have a
separate committee for appeals to homeowner fines. Perhaps in your state
there's the same capability. If so, you should be able to go to the appeals
committee and tell them that you removed the tree because it was dead and a
hazard, and that the logical alternative was to leave it standing (and
unsightly) until it fell on something, for which you would have been liable.
The real question, though, is what do the Association documents and rules
require. Prior notice of any landscaping changes? Approval for contractor
to enter the subdivision? A good board can't let a violation of the rules
go by without taking action, because it creates precedents for others to
ignore rules. That's something you signed on for when you joined a
And -- eventually -- why we moved OUT of a homeowners' association community
to a better area. Regards --
Simple. A tree is a tree whether it is growing or
dead. Write a letter that tells them that you had
the tree removed for safety reasons because of
immediate danger. Tell them that you will pay
the fine if they are in favor of dangerous
situations and don't care about safety to
neighbors and negiborhood kids.
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