Okay. So it’s not exactly a prison, but it feels like one.
Two years ago my husband and I thought it would be a “grand” idea to buy a small house in a gated community. We’re gone for months at a time, and we felt that in today’s world it would be worth it due to the rampage of squatters, theives, and mischief makers. We also no longer owned horses, mules, cows or a goat. Just a dog. Why leave a large house vacant for months at a time?
Okay. So we buy this small house which suits us since we’re not here full time. Plus, we lived on a 34′ sailboat for seven years, so a little house is not a reason for divorce. Compared to the 34′ sail boat we owned this is luxury. Actually, when not here we still live on a boat…a 43′ Tolly Craft. This may sound like a big boat, but compared to this small house the boat is small.
Anyway, to get to the prison part…This is like living with the gestapo watching your every move. Some people are fine with that. We are not, hence the For Sale sign in our front yard. Nevertheless, the latest infraction we’ve been written up for is the fact that our campervan is parked in our driveway. (There are no garages here.) A van can be parked in your driveway…but not a CAMPER VAN, HEAVEN FORBID, because it’s used for RECREATION and you can SLEEP IN IT.
Because it can be used as a “camper” and not JUST a “van,” it is not allowed. I don’t know what kind of people dream up these regulations and stipulations. It drives me crazy. Obviously, I’m not tempermentally fit to live in a “gated community.”
Nor can my rowing boat be kept in our carport even though it’s not on a trailer.
It was difficult to remain civil when we spoke with the management about our warning letter giving us 15 days to do something about it. (Fortunately, we’re leaving in less than a week for a lot of months, and hopefully the house will sell despite the recession and inflation and spys running around in their golf carts taking notes on residents.) Management, to their credit, was very nice and understanding, but very firm: The RULES are RULES and clearly say… Okay. Odd that you never inforced them in theh past, though.
We are leaving this week and will return as late as possible (like first of November) and hope the house is sold somewhere between April and November. At this point I’ll take any decent offer.
I can only chock this new enforcement or creation of new laws due to management turnover. Their rules are their rules. I don’t have to live here and I can’t wait to get out, but a sale is needed before we can get out of prison. Please buy my house!