Can the HOA stop me from placing a truck cover over my truck to cover up advertisement on my vehicle that is parked on the street?

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Can the HOA stop me from placing a truck cover over my truck to cover up advertisement on my vehicle that is parked on the street?

The HOA turned the streets over to the town and is maintained by both the police and public works. The by-laws states that a commercial vehicle is not allowed to park on the streets. They classify a commercial vehicle to be a 3/4-ton truck or larger with commercial plates and tools etc. My truck is 1/2-ton with passenger plates and no tools.

Asked on May 8, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If your vehicle does not fall into the definition of a "commercial vehicle" under the bylaws of your HOA where you reside, then you should be allowed to park your vehicle in the complex where you reside.

In order to prevent a potential problem concenring the parking of your vehicle in the complex, I would write the HOA a letter (keep a copy for future use) stating your position that your vehicle is not a "commercial vehicle" under the bylaws and is allowed to be parked in the complex and then take matters from there where you should be allowed to place a cover on the vehicle to cover up any advertisement upon it.


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