A homeowners association in Edgewater, Fla., has created a new rule that “children will not be permitted to run, play tag, or act boisterously on the association property.”
It also states that there is no playing in common areas or parking lots including driveways and no playing in front of the rear of units.
If kids are found to be playing outside on common areas the parents will be fined $100.
“…Rule number four starts by saying children will be under the direct control of adults at all times. “Children will not be allowed to run, play tag, or act boisterously on the association property”. It also states that there is no playing in common areas or parking lots including driveways and no playing in front of the rear of units. …”
“FOX 35 stopped by one of the HOA board members homes asked why they’re trying to stop kids from playing outside. All she would tell us. “It’s been blown out of proportion,” said one board member. Then she told us to leave the property. If the new rules are passed, the proposed fine for a child caught playing in the drive or in the common areas is $100. “They’re going to have to get that money out of me because that’s not going to happen. They can ticket me all they want. My kids are going to play,” said neighbor Shonna Mayer.”
“All homeowners will get their chance to vote on these new rules on April 27. Over 50 percent, which would be more than 25 homeowners would have to vote in favor for this to pass. They’ve contacted a lawyer who is researching the legalities of this and they plan on fighting this. ”
I could understand this rule if it were a retirement community where it was just older folks living there but it doesn’t sound like that. Also these people own their townhouses, they are not just renters. Renters could move out if they didn’t like the new HOA rule but in this economy you can’t just move willy nilly. You also can’t pay $100 a day for your kids playing outside.
In one of our neighborhoods, the HOA was very strict about the appearance of property in the neighborhood. We got a notice one time that our numbers had faded on our mailbox and would have to be changed or we would be fined. Our poor neighbor had to build a structure to cover his garbage can because it wasn’t allowed to seen on the side of the house. Luckily we had a big bush that covered ours.
Kids were allowed to play in the neighborhood but they did try to limit the number of friends residents were allowed to invite in to play basketball. I can’t remember if they took down the goals or just let them fall to disrepair but the end result was no more basketball in the neighborhood. However, the tennis courts looked great. Hmm…
So what would you do if your HOA came up with a similar rule about no playing? Do you think it could pass? What is the craziest rule in your HOA?
– Theresa Walsh Giarruso, ajc.com Momania