Post by High Priestess on Jun 18, 2016 14:49:47 GMT
I agree with your analysis on this question, Andrew. It's too bad that someone feels anxious about visiting strangers in New York City. And yes it does seem silly, and not good community communication style, to just write a complaint to "the board"...of the 4 of them.
The person sounds like a busybody, who probably confronts carpenters and house sitters too, when she crosses them in the hall. A normal reaction would be to ask the neighbour about it, but she writes to a newspaper question and answer column. To advise such a person to mail the page anonymously to the other 3 parties, is perfect. She has probably done that already. I read it as a satirical answer.
I also agree with Andrew - but neighbors can be really jealous of your new income stream. Yesterday, I received a letter from my HOA that was addressed to Neighbors: "This letter is to inform you about several items your Board is working on or that you need to know. Those items are: 1) A proposed "Home Business Enforcement Policy.... we have received numerous complaints regarding businesses operated out of homes". Then it goes on to say that "would not apply to you if you are in the service industry and merely office out of your home and/or park your service vehicle at your home. The policy is focused on the types of business and/or business activities that generate traffic or otherwise generate a nuisance that would impact the ability of your neighbors to enjoy their own home or business activities that could have an impact on home values for the whole subdivision. To my knowledge, I am the only Airbnb in this subdivision, but many noisy neighbors who will not come directly to you to ask questions, just send their friends around to snoop for them. I am sure it is my next door neighbor(s). Prior to this letter from the Association, I have had a county assessor come by knocking on my door (I was not home) and she left a note for my to contact her regarding the number of tenants I have. Luckily, from day one I have been registered as a BnB and pay state, county and city taxes, a total of 15%, so the HOV Board can send letters, but home businesses are protected by State Law and there are no restrictions on renting to tenants in my home long or short term. The advantage is long term, because if more than 30 days, I do not have to pay hotel taxes at all. So far, with fingers crossed, I have not had any disturptive guest and I insist they only park in my driveway or at my mailbox.
Andrew - the Board states "State Law allows the Board to develop and approve a written policy to enforce those restrictions (Deed Restrictions)." They state that the Board has authority to regulate Home Businesses but the Deed Restrictions are written in a vague manner making them difficult to enforce. The Board claims "their attorneys" has assisted in developing the proposed "Home Business Policy" but they didn't attached the policy to my letter I received yesterday.
The Board Meeting is scheduled this Monday (tomorrow - very short notice) and supposedly there will be a vote on it by the Board tomorrow.
What is very intersting is as you mentioned, everyone is sooo sacred these days of everybody.
I noticed that each time I have a guest, one group of my neighbors do not let their children play outside in the front of the houses as usually, and it has become very obvious to me this is what is going on.
The fact that they make their kids play in the backyard is great as far as I am concerned, because I have always been annoyed with them playing in the middle of the street anyway and using toy traffic guards in the street to slow down street traffic. When I am on my way home from work, I sometimes am in a rush and personally do not like having to dodge toy traffic guards in middle of the street. I could claim they are enfringing on my access to my property, or even traffic hazard if it gets to that kind of silliness. I can't wait to get my hands on the "proposed policy".