Our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair thinks it is important for you to know what is going on in the world of garage doors. If you are part of a Homeowners Association (HOA), then you might find this very informative. Here are some things that are happening with HOAs and garage doors.
The Homeowners Association of Auburn Greens, in California, have mandated that garage doors must be left up Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm. The residence can be stuck with a $200 fine and an administrative hearing. As we are sure you know, this doesn’t seem fair to some of the residents.
The Reasoning Behind This Mandate
According to some of the Auburn Green residents, some neighbors had someone living in their garage, which is a violation of the HOA. Apparently, the HOA is under the impression that this will prevent people living in the area from having tenants in their garage. But is this the best way to prevent something like that from happening?
The Problem Homeowners Have With This Rule
Almost no one actually has tenants living in their garage and they are being punished for someone else’s mistake. If someone is working a regular Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm job, they now have to worry about their personal belongings being stolen while they are working. It is also unclear how open the door actually needs to be.
Some homeowners wonder what the point of even having a garage door is if they aren’t allowed to close it during the day. Some people might not be able to afford security cameras or expensive systems. While it’s understood that the HOA has rules about your living conditions, this feels like a little much for most residents.
Is There A Solution?
Could the solution be as easy as scheduling visits with homeowners to ensure that nothing is going on in the garage that should be? However, if visits are scheduled, then the homeowner could potentially just rearrange the garage to look like how it should. Perhaps drop-in visits would still be alright with homeowners, rather than keeping their doors open and personal belongings out in plain sight.
Is the HOA willing to take some sort of liability if something were to be taken or a burglary happened through the door in the garage? We do feel like this could be easily taken care of without leaving homeowners feeling scared while they are gone all day. It shouldn’t be that the HOA requires that garage doors are open all day long.
Some homeowners are stating that they would rather pay the fine and deal with consequences instead of leaving themselves susceptible to theft.
Give Us A Call Today
If you ever run into any issues with rules regarding your garage door, please give Neighborhood Garage Door Repair a call. We might not have an answer right off the bat, but our knowledgeable phone staff will help you in any way they can. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions that you might have.