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Home Owners Association - Going Ballistic

Discussion in 'Diving Litigation' started by rakpix, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. rakpix

    rakpix Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston, TX
    i'm pretty certain this doesn't affect the industry as a whole, but the president of the home owners association where i live is throwing quite a fit over my cylinders. i just got a letter stating "cans of compressed air" are precluded in the complex's deed restrictions. i guess is she considers them HAZMAT. i don't think an objective assesment of risk is in her repertoire, and i'm pretty sure she can't do anything about it (except send letters): but i'm curious if other on this forum have experienced similar paranoia from your neighbors who might worry your AL80 is a "bomd[sic] waiting to go off?" and how you dealt with the situation? thanks.
  2. fisheater

    fisheater Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sebastopol, CA
    Wow! What's the exact language of the supposed deed restriction?
  3. UnderSeaBumbleBee

    UnderSeaBumbleBee Contributor

    This is why I will never never ever live in a place with a HOA! The people that get elected are nuts.
    rsldonk likes this.
  4. D_B

    D_B Kimber/TekDiveGirl storyteller and memory keeper ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: San Diego, Ca.
    I really have a hard time accepting paying lots of money to a bunch just so they can tell you what you can not do on your own property
    rsldonk likes this.
  5. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
    I would do three things:

    1. Read your HOA bylaws, agreement, or whatever they are called.
    2. SCUBA cylinders in sufficient quantities can fall under Hazmat but typically only for transport.
    3. Move, after telling the HOA to FOAD :)
  6. fstbttms

    fstbttms Contributor

    No, the people that want to get elected are a**holes.
  7. UnderSeaBumbleBee

    UnderSeaBumbleBee Contributor

    My point exactly because that is who gets elected. You are too busy diving to run for office. Now that I think about it, hmmmm you might be the problem. You are being selfish living your own life minding your own business and as result the community suffers! LOL
  8. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Cans of compressed air? So, is the HOA limiting which household goods you can keep in your house too? Last I checked, the little can you get at MicroCenter to blow the lint out of your PC fan was a can of compressed air. And we're talking a single family dwelling here, right? Not that a townhouse should be any different, but you don't need her coming back with the argument that that spontaneously exploding cylinder will take off the baby's head when it travels through the spare bedroom wall into the baby's room next door. You wouldn't get much sympathy fighting that argument.

    If I were in your shoes, I'd ignore her. HOA board members need things to do, and hassling you over your cylinders gives them something to bitch about with each other during meetings, and hours of fun drafting letters. You are providing a service for those less fortunate than you, and who wish they had a life. You can probably provide 1-2 years of entertainment for them, as well as incurring a few legal expenses (when they consult with the HOA lawyer) before someone else is elected and the whole matter is dropped.

    I used to deal with them in this way: I had a trailer parked in my yard. It was visible from the street, and it might have any amount of boat equipment on it (spare engines, the crane, etc. etc.). It was in clear violation of the deed restrictions. BUT, the HOA also provided a neighborhood watch service that I truly believed in, and found helpful keeping crime down while at work or offshore. I bought the citizen's patrol over $1,000 of gasoline per year for their patrols. Whenever the deed restriction bitch would cruise the neighborhood and write me up for my utility trailer, the neighborhood watch member would tell her to STFU and go away. I never got a letter, and was happy for the protection. The HOA lawyer lived across the street from me, and he would tell me the stories of the meetings where the deed restriction bitch would get all red in the face, and couldn't do anything about my stupid trailer.
    asha, Marc77373, rsldonk and 5 others like this.
  9. DMDavid

    DMDavid Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
    The personality of any individual that wants to be on any board that tells others what they can and can not do is normally not one that plays well with others.
  10. cmburch

    cmburch Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Suisun Bay
    Pretty simple. Do not leave cylinders were they can be seen such as open garage door until able to determine if SCUBA cyliders can be an exception. A cylinder of propane for barbecue seems a much greater hazard.

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