Posted by Jim FL on March 07, 2002 at 13:16:00:
Bill and John,
Well, after thinking this over, and really not getting and clear definition from the HOA manager about what would resolve the issue, I decided to go above this person calling.
I called the management company, and had them read to me over the phone the rules that this sign was alleged to be in violation of.
Frankly, they were not clear at all, and the actual word “rent” was not mentioned.
The rule simply stated that the sellers are allowed to place a sign in the yard advertising the home “for sale”.
The manager was interpreting the rule herself, to mean that the sign MUST say “for sale” on it somewhere.
The manager I talked to this time was fairly nice, and said, "I understand your point here Jim."
So, I asked her what I needed to do in order to rectify this and make the violation go away.
She said, “Place a for sale sign only, or, just write on the sign you have, FOR SALE somewhere”.
This is exactly what we will do.
The sign will now be one of my nice professionally printed signs, with a handwritten “For sale” at the top.
Surely the sign will not look as nice as it had, but according to the manager, this will get them to back off.
Good thing I happen to know someone at banditsigns.com and can order some new replacement inserts for my sign stands after marking this one up.
I am a bit flabbergasted that this manager and the association would prefer a hand written tacky looking sign, over one that is printed professionally, over the mere wording on the sign.
thank goodness I beleive in the “working with them” instead of “Working against them” approach.
I’m still curious about the interpretation of my wording, “Rent to own” legally though.