On his nationally syndicated radio talk show program Thursday, host Mark Levin brought to light a reason “why people hate government,” this time detailing an issue he is having with his community’s home owners association (HOA).
“Now, are they going to visit the right property or the wrong property?” Mark Levin asked. “Are they going to make us go back to the county again, to the zoning people who don’t even understand why we’re there in the first place? Then we give them a drawing, and they think we’re building this fence all the way down the property line of the backyard. It has nothing to do with that. It’s a little further out than the deck. Nobody can possibly see it.
“This is why people hate government,” Levin continued. “This is why people hate home owners associations.”
Levin’s remarks came after his HOA allegedly denied his request to erect a fence in his own backyard.
Below is a transcript of Levin’s comments from his show Thursday:
“We submitted an application, and they require all kinds of stuff: your neighbor okay? Well, the neighbor behind us is okay. Of course, the fence has nothing to do with them. The neighbor next to us is nonexistent.
“But again, it’s a small amount of a fence, on my private property – nothing fancy.
“They [the HOA] send one of their people to look at the property. The woman they send to look at the property. The woman they send to look at the property looks at the wrong property. She reports back that we built the fence without their permission, and this is a grave violation of the rules.
“Well, we didn’t build the fence. She confused our property with the property behind us, which has a fence.
“‘Oh, and you don’t have a shrubbery plan.’ I said, ‘A shrubbery plan?’ We’ll put some bushes on the left side of the fence so if there ever is a neighbor they won’t see the fence, but we’re certainly not going to put bushes in front of the fence or along it. We’ll never see the river, which is the purpose of purchasing the property 15 years ago.
“‘Oh, well, now, your property slopes a little bit.’ Yes, it does. The house is built, sort of, on a side of a hill. We went through all of that zoning stuff and got it done 15 years ago, 16 years ago.
“‘Well, you’re going to have to check with the zoning committee of the county, zoning board of the county.’ We contact them. We tell them what we’re talking about. The gentleman there says, ‘I don’t know what the problem is with your HOA. You built a house on the side of that hill. You already have a partial fence on the side of that hill. It’s not even a real hill. It’s a barren slope. Of course, it’s not a problem.’ And he puts that, effectively, in an email.
“Can you believe this?
“So, we submitted it back in October, and they denied it because the application was incomplete. It didn’t have a shrubbery plan. In other words, planting four or five, three to four foot bushes on the side of the fence.
“Well, we got the shrubbery plan, we took pictures, we did everything we could, and we submitted the application again.
“‘You didn’t meet our deadline.’ What deadline? ‘Well, we need to be able, you know, our rules require that we do a site visit.’ Well, we applied in October. You could have done a site visit then. ‘But your application wasn’t complete.’ Because of the shrubbery. But it’s complete now. ‘Well, you’re too late.’ We’re too late? ‘Well, it wouldn’t be fair if we looked at your application.’ And we took photographs now. ‘Still, you’ll have to wait ‘til January 4th.’ Well, what if it’s snowing on January 4th and we can’t put the fence in? ‘Too bad. That’s just too bad.’
“I’ve lived in this pathetic community for 15 years, paid their rotten, fat salaries for 15 years, never bothered any of those fat a----. Excuse me, it’s true – never bothered them. The only thing I’ve ever put on my house that wasn’t there originally is an American flag.
“And these three people think they’re the power of the world. I don’t even know how they got there. I don’t even get involved in this HOA and all their little committees with their newsletters – all their little committees with their newsletters.
“Now, now they’ve pissed me off.
“And so my wife was there, and she says, ‘Where in your rules does it require you to have a site visit?’ And of course it doesn’t. It says ‘may,’ ‘may.’
“Now, are they going to visit the right property or the wrong property? Are they going to make us go back to the county again, to the zoning people who don’t even understand why we’re there in the first place? Then we give them a drawing, and they think we’re building this fence all the way down the property line of the backyard. It has nothing to do with that. It’s a little further out than the deck. Nobody can possibly see it.
“This is why people hate government. This is why people hate home owners associations.
“Month after month, an assessment after an assessment – pay it, pay it, pay it; don’t bother anybody. Alright, their doing the plants, whatever they’re doing. They’re clearing the sod. I don’t know what the hell they’re doing. I don’t want to get involved in that. You know, this is my home. I don’t want to have to deal with politics here.
“It will have taken us three months, drawings, a landscape plan, multiple communications with these people, to get a fence – if we can get it – approved in January. Can you believe this, Rich? Unbelievable!”