KANSAS – Garage doors can’t be cordovan – and more odd HOA stories

THE KANSAS CITY STAR:  Garage doors can’t be cordovan – and more odd HOA stories

By Judy L. Thomas

August 3, 2016

A decade ago, Marilyn Davis painted her house in the Glencairn subdivision of Houston in the required colors.

“They wanted my garage door brown, my front door brown, my shutters brown,” she said.

She quickly got tired of brown. So a year later she switched to cordovan, a rich burgundy color, for the trim.

Last year, when it was time to paint again, she decided to stick with the cordovan trim, and her son, Ken, got the homeowners association’s approval.

But after Ken painted, the HOA said it had only approved that color for the front door and shutters — not the garage door, which needed to be off-white. Since they had last painted, Ken said, the HOA had decided that garage doors were not considered “trim.”

An off-white garage door would look awful, Davis said.

The HOA has sent her multiple violation notices, she said, charging her $15 in fees for each one. The HOA did not return calls seeking comment.

But the 91-year-old great-grandmother doesn’t intend to back down.

“I’ve lived here almost 40 years,” she said. “I should have a little say-so.” Read more:



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