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I want to put up a 6 foot Privacy Fence in my back yard.

I want to put up a 6 foot Privacy Fence in my back yard. There is nothing in the CC&Rs stating against it. The rule on fence in summary states it can't interfere with HOA landscaping and irrigation and that it must be approved by the ARC. The ARC denied my request for the fence and said to keep with harmony of the neighbor hood I am only allowed to put in a 4 foot chain link fence.There is one home with a 6ft privacy fence, which the HOA says has been here since before the HOA board was formed, so it is grand fathered in. There is a 6 ft chainlink fence which the HOA said they didn't know about till now. There is a 4 ft picket fence which the HOA says they did not approve, but is still only 4 ft. There are hedge fence that are 4-5 tall.I brought this all to them they said they have only allowed 4 ft chainlink fence since 1995 and the want the neighborhood to remain open. A 6ft privacy fence is not in harmony with the neighbor hood aesthetics.I live in Osceola County, Saint Cloud, FL. The HOA is Palamar Oaks Village III.Do I have a case of selective enforcement here or any other violation on part of the HOA?

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I have recently requested 3times to get a fence.There are

I have recently requested 3times to get a fence.There are several in our community,but I feel that We are being discriminated onI have requested several times to give us the 6 reasons that we are declined,so far nothing.

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A unit owner is seeking ARC approval of additional windows

A unit owner is seeking ARC approval for installation of additional windows in an end unit with a coquina wall that we consider common property. Is the legal under FL Condo law?

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On March 5, 2016, a snowplow, while plowing the alley, ran

On March 5, 2016, a snowplow, while plowing the alley, ran into my town home and broke off the vent pipes. I notified the HOA manager. He informed me that the grounds crew was responsible to get it fixed. (That grounds crew is hired and paid by the HOA) It is now April 13, and all that has happened is that they glued on some pvc pipe. They (1) did not use pipe that matches all the other town homes, and (2) with the type of pipe they used, the rodent/debris screen cannot be installed properly. (All the town homes have 2 vents, each having a rodent/debris screen installed) In addition, (3) the pipes were not painted.I have repeated emailed the Manager, and either been ignored, or his responses are things like "we're waiting for the paint codes" (meaning a color code? I'm not sure)...and I've emailed the question, and stated that Home Depot could match the paint, but I've gotten no answer.I've also emailed him and stated if he would agree in writing to reimburse me, I would hire someone to do this job correctly and get it done. No response. I have email records of all our interactions.Now, I do realize that this is a VERY small matter, and could be fixed by myself for under $100, and in a day. But.....it's the principle of the thing. This manager insisted that I put in an ARC request to replace a mere 10 sq ft of mulch in my backyard...so he's a jerk. And no matter how you look at it.....it's there responsibility to make me whole here... not mine. This manager also went out of his way to change the rules so he could start fining homeowners after 20 days, instead of the 40 that the original HOA rules gave us...and yet, it's been well over 20 days, and he's done nothing about this problem.I informed him, to prevent debris, birds and rodents from entering my vent pipes and nesting in my furnace, I was putting up a temporary screen on the vents, and I did so, with some clamps and plastic 1/4 inch mesh. He never responded to that notice either. I didn't want a bigger problem that I would have to deal with because of this.Anyway, what are my options here? Can I fix it myself, and then go to small claims, or is there a breach of contract approach?Thanks for your response in advance.

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Can a homeowner (zero lot line) replace the glass block window

Can a homeowner (zero lot line) replace the glass block window with an opaque window?

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First, I was never even offered a walkthrough of my house before

First, I was never even offered a walkthrough of my house before taking the keys, and it was in far worse shape than when I made the offer. Apparently their cat had peed all over the carpet everywhere; the stench was so terrible I had to rip out all the carpets (and some drywall, too) just to lessen it. The pee had soaked through to the subfloor though, so it was a huge problem to fix.Secondly, the realtor-recommended inspector never noticed a 1-gallon/day water leak that had created black mold and rot throughout two rooms, and required replacement of the subfloor and framing, as well as a frayed 240V wire in the attic that was arcing and close to starting a fire, nor the two plumbing drain lines that ran uphill before going to the sewer. I've spent more than $30K that I never expected to on this non-foreclosure home, and it has ruined my savings, my credit, and my sanity.Is there any legal recourse for me? I bought the house in October, 2014.

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We own a home with we bought 3 years which listed Dwelling

HI, We own a home with we bought 3 years which listed Dwelling view as partial water view. (There is a nearby pond we can see). We had an empty lot next door until recently when a new home was purchased. One year ago we put up a 4 foot fence in the back yard to preserve the view and it was approved by the HOA.Now the HOA has approved the new home to have a 6 foot privacy fence built right beside our approved fence. This fence will totally block our view.The HOA bylaws state "The ARC shall prescribe rules, which limit fences on any lots, which front on water bodies in order to permit maximum view of water bodies."We are requesting the fence be no higher than 4 feet. Does the HOA have the write to block our view with a 6 foot fence especially when our 4 foot fence was approved just a year ago?

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I live in North Carolona. The former to request approval for

I live in North Carolona. The former to request approval for projects includes a statement that the homeowner unrest and that members of the board or ARC may go onto the property prior to approval to check the site (even when not seen from the street). Is this legal, and what about liability?

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I am member of Arc committee. I was told we cannot meet with

I am member of Arc committee. I was told we cannot meet with more then 2 members because 3 makes quorum. All our decisions are still subject to Buord approval. Is that the Florida statue.Ty

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