An Auburn, California community faced a bizarre dilemma when a homeowners association wanted to force people to keep their garage doors open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays or pay a $200 fine.
Doc and Kal talked about this odd story on today’s show.
The Auburn Greens Homeowners Association said the policy was aimed at stopping people from taking up residence in their garages. Illegal tenants living in garages or transient people sneaking in to spend the night have both been an issue.
One landlord told the Sacramento Bee that the development was originally built with carports and any garage doors that have been installed are technically against the community’s rules. But other residents were unhappy about the requirement and understandably worried that they were in danger of theft while keeping their garage doors open all day.
How did the HOA respond?
After a backlash, the association rescinded the strange requirement, so homeowners could close their own garage doors again.
“Dear resident, the new garage Door Policy has been put on hold by the Board of Directors effective immediately,” a notice reported by the Sacramento Bee said. “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.”