To whom it may concern,
In April I received a letter, to appear at a hearing,
from the Board representing Florin Estates.
At the meeting I was
informed of violations written against me by the Board. There were 4
1. They wanted me to move a vehicle that was parked on my
2. They wanted me to tear down a shed left on the property by
the former owner.
3. They told me to put a new paint job on my house.
They told me to paint my deck.
They gave me 9 days to comply.
them that the shed would be removed, and the car moved off the property,
by the end of the day. They wanted a paint swatch for the paint colors
on the house and deck. It took me several days to get swatches that
matched the colors on the house. That left me less than a week to get
the house painted.
After many attempts to get a painting company to come
out and give me an estimate after several days one showed up. The
contractor showed up and said he was not interested in the project after
looking it over. I decided to have my ex-wife and her friends paint the
house since she worked painting houses for several years. I took until
almost the end of the month to get the house and the deck painted.
received a letter at the end of May it indicated that I was being fined
for the month of May for not correcting the violations. I received the
letter on a Saturday so I called the office Monday morning. I left
messages and received a response on Wednesday that a representative
would come out on Thursday to inspect my property.
I did not get an exact time when this would occur.
Thursday afternoon I went the office to find out when they were having
someone come by. Cherie called Thomas Morla and he said he would meet
at my house in about an hour. I drove from the office to my house and
Thomas was across the street at the neighbor’s house. He came over when
he saw me pull up.
I had contacted a contractor to come and do any
repairs if needed. To my surprise the contractor was already there also.
After I introduced the contractor to Thomas I asked him if he could see
anything on my list of violations that still needed to be completed. He
said well let's go take a look and began to walk onto the property. I
said “hey wait a minute I thought that the inspection was for what could
be seen from the street. He said “no, I need to check the whole
property.” Just then my father walked up with his copy of the Florin
Estates CC and Rs. He told Thomas that he had no right to go on my
property and pointed out a section that stated so. Thomas said that
wasn’t true and my father said he was full of shit.
Thomas proceeded to
walk on to the property. I told him he had no right to go on my property
and our interpretation was that the CC and R stated that the board only
had authority over what was visible from the street. He said “That is a
common misconception, the CC and R’s state that you must upkeep your
property so we have authority to go anywhere on your property we see
As we argued he continued to proceed farther on the property. Not
being a person of violence I did not know how to respond. Nearing the
back of the property He noticed a section of wall on the house behind a
shed that was not completed. He said Oh, this is not finished you are
still in violation. I responded “I had not even noticed that area was
Then I asked “So if I have something in violation on my
property that no one can even see unless they come all the way back here
I am still going to be written up. He said “well someone living in that
house over there (pointing three houses down over the back fence) might
complain.” I asked “Have any of my neighbors complained.” He responded
“Well, No.” As he was looking around while we argued he said “There is
some rust on your shed you need to paint it.” I asked “Is that another
violation process or are you just adding it to this one?” He responded
“You just get this done and I will come back and inspect again.” I asked
“If I complete this are you just going to come back in a week’s time and
find something else and keep fining me.” He said “Oh, no that won’t
As we walked back to the front of the property my contractor
asked if he could get some paper work with a list of things Thomas
wanted completed. Thomas said "No just finish what I said and I will
come back and inspect it."
My contractor stated that he was unused to
doing business this way that usually he would have an itemized list so
there was no confusion on what had to be done. I will conclude for now.
I could write several pages and will at a later date.
What cannot be
conveyed easily is the feeling of helplessness at being told that I have
no rights on my own property. My experiences with the board have left me
in disgust. I do not believe they have the best interest of the
residents of the park at heart.
The amount of money I have paid in fines
with Thomas's guidance could have improved my property greatly. Instead
I have little money to implement improvements and although I have
completed all written violations I am still being fined weekly.