Dumb HOA Policy is Forcing Residents to Keep Garage Doors Open

January 23, 2018

A homeowners association in Auburn, California is finally giving up on their garage door policy. The HOA allegedly required that all homes have their garage doors open during the day. Sounds safe, right?

The Auburn Greens complex demanded that all garage doors be open from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. Monday through Friday because they had suspected some residents had allowed other people to sleep inside their garages.


As representatives went around to the homes in the complex, they posted letters to the homeowner's doors stating the new policy. If the homeowner failed to abide by these new rules, they would be fined $200 and subjected to a hearing notice.

A local news station, KCRA3, spoke with a few concerned residents about the policy. Many said that there were plenty of other ways to address this issue, and leaving their personal property unattended was not the solution.


"That’s an issue that they should address differently," Fred Waidtlow, a resident of the complex, said. "If we have to have this open from 8 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon, anybody can help themselves and steal you blind."


Several residents ended up moving all of their personal items inside their house to keep it all protected, while others simply kept the door shut risking a fine — because what's the sole purpose of the garage door anyway?


It's quite remarkable how the HOA didn't realize they "opened" the doors to crimes. They basically left each resident vulnerable to theft. KCRA3 reached out to Auburn Greens for a statement but they never received a phone call back.


Of all the viable solutions to this issue, this HOA seems to have found the dumbest. Fortunately, the HOA rescinded their policy and wrote this:


"Dear resident, the new garage Door Policy has been put on hold by the Board of Directors effective immediately. You may keep your garage doors down until further notice. The Board of Directors will be working with the Membership (Homeowners) to hopefully come up with a more ‘reasonable’ policy."

Thankfully, they came to their senses and have come up with a better solution. What do you think about this story? Do you have an HOA experience that was off the wall? Share your story with us! In other news, a disabled veteran is threatened by his HOA’s demands. Check out the article here!

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