HOA Ordered To Pay 300,000 For Not Believing In Private Property

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Beware of the home owner’s association. Considered this country’s most basic, ruthless unit of government, HOAs are typically organized and manned by retirees with little better to do than tell you what to do with your property – something A.J. Vizzi recently learned the hard way. When Vizzi purchased his home in Odessa, Florida, he was told he would be allowed to park his Ford F-350 Super Duty in his home’s driveway, even though the neighborhood’s rules forbade keeping vehicles anywhere other than the garage. The truck didn’t fit in the home’s garage.

The local HOA soon changed its mind, and before long a lawsuit ensued. In 2008, a judge ruled in Vizzi’s favor, but the association quickly appealed the decision. In March, a second judge sided with Vizzi, and the courts awarded him $187,000 in legal fees to be paid by the HOA. In total, the association claims that the ordeal has cost over $300,000, including the cash it now has to pay to Vizzi. Take a look after the jump to watch a local news report on the legal battle.


  • Ken Higgins

    I think it was great that this homeowner won. You are correct, some elected members on Hoa ‘s are on power trips. The sad thing is our state allows thes Assn to have a governing body that is not for the people and by the people. Now since the award of over $300,000
    the balance of the homeowners will be required to pick up this tab and if they don’t will to subjected to leins on their home and even forecloser for something that a few, power hunry people created. So lets get together and amend your deeds/restrictions to require at least 75% of member in signitures to proceed with legal action than it will be by the people not the chosen few.

  • Ken Higgins

    I think it was great that this homeowner won. You are correct, some elected members on Hoa ‘s are on power trips. The sad thing is our state allows thes Assn to have a governing body that is not for the people and by the people. Now since the award of over $300,000
    the balance of the homeowners will be required to pick up this tab and if they don’t will to subjected to leins on their home and even forecloser for something that a few, power hunry people created. So lets get together and amend your deeds/restrictions to require at least 75% of member in signitures to proceed with legal action than it will be by the people not the chosen few.

  • Ken Higgins

    I think it was great that this homeowner won. You are correct, some elected members on Hoa ‘s are on power trips. The sad thing is our state allows thes Assn to have a governing body that is not for the people and by the people. Now since the award of over $300,000
    the balance of the homeowners will be required to pick up this tab and if they don’t will to subjected to leins on their home and even forecloser for something that a few, power hunry people created. So lets get together and amend your deeds/restrictions to require at least 75% of member in signitures to proceed with legal action than it will be by the people not the chosen few.

  • Ken Higgins

    I think it was great that this homeowner won. You are correct, some elected members on Hoa ‘s are on power trips. The sad thing is our state allows thes Assn to have a governing body that is not for the people and by the people. Now since the award of over $300,000
    the balance of the homeowners will be required to pick up this tab and if they don’t will to subjected to leins on their home and even forecloser for something that a few, power hunry people created. So lets get together and amend your deeds/restrictions to require at least 75% of member in signitures to proceed with legal action than it will be by the people not the chosen few.

  • Ken Higgins

    I think it was great that this homeowner won. You are correct, some elected members on Hoa ‘s are on power trips. The sad thing is our state allows thes Assn to have a governing body that is not for the people and by the people. Now since the award of over $300,000
    the balance of the homeowners will be required to pick up this tab and if they don’t will to subjected to leins on their home and even forecloser for something that a few, power hunry people created. So lets get together and amend your deeds/restrictions to require at least 75% of member in signitures to proceed with legal action than it will be by the people not the chosen few.

  • Ken Higgins

    I think it was great that this homeowner won. You are correct, some elected members on Hoa ‘s are on power trips. The sad thing is our state allows thes Assn to have a governing body that is not for the people and by the people. Now since the award of over $300,000
    the balance of the homeowners will be required to pick up this tab and if they don’t will to subjected to leins on their home and even forecloser for something that a few, power hunry people created. So lets get together and amend your deeds/restrictions to require at least 75% of member in signitures to proceed with legal action than it will be by the people not the chosen few.

  • Ken Higgins

    I think it was great that this homeowner won. You are correct, some elected members on Hoa ‘s are on power trips. The sad thing is our state allows thes Assn to have a governing body that is not for the people and by the people. Now since the award of over $300,000
    the balance of the homeowners will be required to pick up this tab and if they don’t will to subjected to leins on their home and even forecloser for something that a few, power hunry people created. So lets get together and amend your deeds/restrictions to require at least 75% of member in signitures to proceed with legal action than it will be by the people not the chosen few.