What’s the Big Deal?

Posted August 9th, 2010
by HomeownersInsurance.org Staff (no comments)

We’ve seen and heard a lot of things that have made us do a double take, especially since the advent of the Internet. Occasionally, we hear something that’s so screwy all you can do is shake your head and walk away. Imagine living in a million dollar home in Odessa, Florida, paying ungodly mortgage payments and homeowners insurance (remember that’s hurricane country) and then being told you can’t park your vehicle in your driveway.

Sounds crazy, but it’s true. A.J. Vizzi’s homeowner’s association told him he couldn’t park his big Ford pickup truck in his garage. It may have been one thing if they had told him that before he bought the house. Vizzi even went to the extreme of asking if the homeowner’s association would allow him to park the pickup truck, which doesn’t fit in the house’s garage, in the driveway. It wasn’t until more than a year after he was living in the house that he was told he couldn’t park the pickup in his own driveway.

Now, I know some of you, especially if you live in gated communities, or other subdivisions with covenant agreements are starting to wonder if maybe this truck resembles the one driven by Red Foxx’s character on Sanford & Son. Even if it did, it’s a little extreme to tell a man he can’t park in his own driveway, but it doesn’t. The truck is later model, and appears to be kept clean. It certainly isn’t an eyesore, unless you have something against trucks in general.

The end result, after a lengthy court process, is that Vizzi gets to park his truck in his driveway. But, should it really have needed to cost the man $200,000 in legal fees just to defend his right to park on his own property? In the end, of course, the legal fees were passed on to the loser, the subdivisions homeowners’ association. So, Vizzi gets a check at the end to recoup his losses spent on this whole frivolous affair. Maybe after he cashes it, he’ll be able to afford to pay those sky high homeowners insurance premiums down there.

Photo via Narith5

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