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I found it relative to a dog run . The HOA declined a variance

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I found it relative to a dog run . The HOA declined a variance nd found article that deals with the same situation
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Customer: Probaly , but let me do my research first. Thanks
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Customer: Contractor installed a decorative fence for my yorkie, think a decorative fence 4' wrought iron did not require a permit as it only surrounded the patio. assoc said that I needed a permit, they require split rail only and remove the fence.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Maverick replied 5 months ago.
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Expert:  Maverick replied 5 months ago.
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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
My contractor constructed a 4'wrought iron fence to surround the patio saying permit not necessary as the fence is a Decorative fence to keep small dog within confines of the fence. Requested variance declined on following basis'
1-Fence is acting as a dog run 2-Per deed restrictions [ Rules & Regulations ] the only fence permitted is split rail 3-Did not follow approval process
The rules also include "decorative open fences no greater in height of 48' [which mine is ] which may be erected in area designated as a "no build zone? [ which i cannot find their definition of "no build zone"
when I purchased the home in Oct 2015, the realtor was not aware of the so called deed restrictions and hence , i never received.
Also do not know how they come up with a dog run. Wouldn't that suggest all fenced in area's including yards for purpose of confining pet is a dog run. Also , could not find restriction for " dog runs" anyway.
Then of course item 3 refers to the failure to apply for a buliding permit.
Expert:  Maverick replied 5 months ago.
What city and state do you live in?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Gahanna,Ohio ---the development is Harrison Pond and the have an Association with the split rail fence requirement. City of Gahanna has the "Decorative" fence inclusion, but sounds like the HOA doesn't follow that .
Expert:  Maverick replied 5 months ago.
At this link you will find a city ordinance that defines "no-build zone" . See Section 1123.40A This is the definition that is likely to be employed since the HOA does not have that term defined in its CC&Rs. I did not find a definition for a dog run. At this link is OH law regarding declaratory judgments actions [DJA]. What you have is a situation where the HOA is trying to enforce rules which are not written or clearly defined. This then gives rise to an ambiguity which could allow the HOA to selectively enforce the rules; which is not permitted. The courts are charged with the responsibility of interpreting ambiguities and they do this by employing definitions for undefined terms by adopting what is generally used by others in the industry or trade in question. You may need to sue the HOA in a declaratory judgment action and present this as a legal issue for the court to interpret and define and then it will issue an order regarding whether you fence is in violation of the CC&Rs or not. Here is a sample complaint to use as a go-by.

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