His Neighbor Proposed Major Construction Plans But When She Started to be Rude to This Man, He Proposed a HOA Vote and Got Her Plans Denied

In a tight-knit community of eight historic homes, a proposed major construction project by a new neighbor with three kids and three dogs caused tension and a community-wide vote.

Quiet and Friendly

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In a quiet and friendly community of eight houses, a single mother with three kids and three dogs moved in next to a couple who had lived in the area for ten years. The houses were former hotel cottages, and because of their history, they had limited parking, a single shared water service line and sewer, no garages, no street parking, and a narrow shared drive.

Homeowners Association

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The community had formed a homeowners association (HOA), which was inexpensive at $50 per month and included trash and snow removal. The community also had a community garden, and the neighbors were all friendly and relaxed.

Major Construction

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After living there for a year, the single mother asked the neighbors to approve a major construction project adding a second story to her house. The project would take over a year to complete, and an RV would be parked in the limited shared space for her family to live in while the construction was taking place.

Walk This Way

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It would also require all the neighbors to park over a block away instead of at their houses while the work was going on. This really rubbed the neighbors the wrong way, why should they have to walk so far for someone else?

Between Other Jobs

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The work would be done by her ex-husband between other jobs. Apparently, he’s a contractor. On a more permanent basis, it would likely require a special assessment to upgrade the shared utilities and a permanent increase in utility costs.

A Major Imposition

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The neighbors were less than enthusiastic about the proposal. “It’s not just a little noise, it’s a major imposition for at least a year, and will permanently affect the couple living next door. I really can’t blame them for being less than enthusiastic,” said one of the neighbors.

She Started to Be Rude

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The single mother had become rude to the couple who had lived there for ten years. “She has started being really rude to us, telling my husband and I we need to take our Halloween decorations down the day after Halloween (we had two carved pumpkins…), making a fuss about our greenhouse… Weird stuff like this,” said the neighbor.

Hard NO

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The community had a meeting to vote on the proposal, and the verdict was a hard, resounding NO from all members except for the single mother. She began to cry and yell at the neighbors because she had her three kids living in one room, and there was no room for her three dogs.

Slight Guilty Conscience

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The couple who had lived there for ten years proposed the vote that prevented the single mother from adding a story to her home. “I do feel sorry for her in that aspect, but I feel like it would maybe cost the same to just move to a bigger home rather than add a story to her current home and disrupt everyone else‘s living situation,” said the couple.

A Community

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The single mother’s proposal would have disrupted the entire community, and the neighbors felt that it was not a reasonable request. “None of us started the HOA, but we bought our homes knowing what kind of place we’d be living in, knowing we would be buying into a particular sort of community, and that was actually the reason some of us chose these homes,” said one of the neighbors.

They Weren’t Against Change

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The community was not against change, but they wanted to make sure that any changes would not negatively impact the community. “Everyone hates HOAs, I get it, but I actually don’t think it’s unreasonable to object to whatever my neighbor’s pipe dream of a renovation would have been,” said one of the neighbors.

Permission Denied

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The single mother’s proposal was not approved, and the community remained intact. The couple who had lived there for ten years were relieved that the community had come together to protect their way of life. “We’ve lived here for ten years, and everyone in our HOA has coexisted very harmoniously up until now,” said the couple.

The Internet Responded

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This commenter posted, “Why did OP make a point to say the dogs were important in their post? Lol the important thing is that there could’ve been enough room for her kids to have space, and OP, along with the rest of the bullies, ruined it.”

More Internet Responses

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Another person commented, “It’s not like she’s been living there before the dogs and the kids. Why didn’t she think about it before moving in? I know nobody else is paying for your house, but they shouldn’t be punished for being lax as well. With the lockdowns going around, for people working from home, construction can be really annoying.”

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