The Lofland family of Colorado moved into their new neighborhood because there wasn’t a home owner’s association. Imagine their shock to find out there were still neighborhood covenants, and that the neighborhood is trying to make the family get rid of an RV that was specifically set up for their autistic son.
According to the Perry (between Denver and Colorado Springs) Architectural Control Committee, the RV violates an ordinance that says, “No recreational or trailered vehicles shall be placed and remain on the lot for more than 48 hours unless parked in a garage.”
12-year-old William Lofland has a sensory perception disorder which prompts him to move constantly and to block out background noise with headphones.
“The motion, the vibration, it just calms him,” said dad Chris Lofland. Several times a day, often in the middle of the night, Williams goes for a ride in the RV that is equipped with a bed, bathroom, DVD player, and restraints in case their severely autistic son William has a violent outburst.
“Honest to God I`d like to be driving a Ferrari not an RV at two o`clock in the morning. This is not a choice,” said Hannah Lofland.
The Architectural Control Committee called the RV and eyesore but the Loflands insist that several neighbors have RVs.
Here’s the video:
While we don’t know the political views of the Loflands or of the people insisting the RV be taken away, that is a very conservative part of the state and ironically, despite the freedom loving anti-government sentiment, it’s full of homeowner’s associations.
HOAs and probably the Architectural Control Committee are in place to help protect the value of members’ homes, but at what cost? Well, there is a monthly cost to the homeowner’s association (gladly paid by many who balk at the very idea of paying taxes) and for single family homes, their only function is often to control cosmetics. In other words, people pay to be stripped of their individuality and freedom.
As for property values, it’s estimated that HOAs increase property values by about 1% but for that increase (about $3,000 on a $300,000 house), you could be paying hundreds of dollars a month.
The Loflands are fighting the committee and are refusing to move their RV. They have also filed a complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Featured image via video screen capture.