This is not the first time we’ve heard about a home owners association (HOA) telling someone that they can’t park their pickup truck in the driveway of their own home. But here we go again. This time, a resident in upstate New York is being sued by the HOA governing his neighborhood that he must not park his pickup truck in his driveway.
The Kimry Moor Homeowners Association filed the suit, naming residents David and Arna Orlando as the respondents in a case to come before the Onondaga County Supreme Court. The suit alleges that because Orlando is parking his 2014 Ford F-150 in the driveway of the Orlando’s Kimry Moor home, part of a residential development just outside the village of Fayetteville, he is violating the HOA covenant.
The association cites its regulations, which limits parking in driveways only to “private, passenger-type, pleasure automobiles,” according to the lawsuit. The association owns all the driveways in the development, according to court filings. “This is absolutely absurd,” according to Orlando.
Orlando said the pickup is his own personal passenger vehicle and not a commercial vehicle of any sort. In addition, he has reported that other people are parking pickups in their driveway. When a reporter from Syracuse.com/Post-Standard visited the neighborhood to get the story and photograph Orlando’s truck in his driveway, a full-size pickup with a bed cap, large van, and a sport-utility-vehicle were seen parked in other driveways in the development.
Orlando said he feels it’s a shame taxpayers will have to pay for the court’s time to hear this case, and that “It’s ridiculous.” We can’t disagree with his assessment of the situation. How do you feel about this if this were to happen to you? What would you do?